Antigo downs two opponents, will host Rhinelander on Friday|
Antigo varsity tennis coach Dave Zalewski described the night’s finale as a “battle royale” as the No. 1 doubles team of Colin Bastle and Kyle West fought a Shawano duo to the finish on an evening which featured back-to-back wins for the Red Robin crew.
“Following a tough loss to Rhinelander on Monday, the team needed to rebound and they did just that at home, defeating both Wausau Newman and Shawano by the same score of 6-1,” Zalewski said. “Though neither of these teams field as good of players as Rhinelander did, I felt like our players came out with more energy and commitment. They were swinging more freely and it showed in the scores.”
The Robins excelled versus Newman with six of its seven players not losing more than two games in their respective matches. The lone exception came at No. 1 singles where Antigo’s Brett Haakenson took on Jose Lorraine who last season qualified for state as a sophomore. Lorraine won 6-1, 6-2.
“(Lorraine) strikes the ball with great precision, speed and confidence. Yet Brett stuck right with him,” Zalewski said. “Though he won only two games in the match, that is the best I have seen Brett play all year.”
That confidence continued over into Haakenson’s match versus Shawano’s Patarepol Chitianorak, an exchange student from Thailand.
“Haakenson displayed a versatile game against a solid opponent to get a win,” Zalewski said on his athlete’s 6-1, 6-2 victory.
The Bastle-West contingent was the last to leave the court. After initially trouncing Newman’s No. 1 duo 6-0, 6-0, the Antigo pair put on a gritty show of determination and tennis skill to come from behind and beat a talented Tom Cumberland and Austin Steinback of Shawano 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-8.
“It was unfortunate that either team had to lose,” Zalewski said. “They all played hard and with so much heart. It was one of the best high school matches I have witnessed.”
Dropping the first set 4-6, Bastle and West were down 4-5 in the second set and 15-40 in the game.
“Facing two match points, they simply refused to quit, and with an aggressive, attacking the net strategy, fought back to win the game,” Zalewski explained. “Again they found themselves down at 5-6 and came from behind to force a tie break. After losing four of the first five points, the duo wouldn't concede and ended up winning that tie break 7-5. Going into a third set super tie break, again they had to fight from behind. At 7-8, the Antigo pair won the next three points and cemented the victory.”
Antigo will host Rhinelander on Friday with the fight most likely deciding a conference championship.
Antigo Varsity Boys Tennis
at Elleson Courts
May 13, 2014
Antigo 6 Wausau Newman 1
1. Brett Haakenson lost to Jose Larraine 1-6 2-6.
2. Alex Thomae def. Tokuto Ando 6-0 6-2.
3. Joe Servi def. Tou Lo 6-1 6-0.
4. Tommy Blink, uncontested.
1. Colin Bastle and Kyle West def. Will Varline and Juan Pablo Orazco 6-0 6-0.
2. Brian Bartletti and Drew Schwarz def. Xue Lo and Fernando Juan 6-0 6-0.
3. Ben Barletti and Garrett Grabowski def. Harrison Varline and Chmong Lo 6-2 6-0.
Antigo 6 Shawano 1
1. Brett Haakenson def. Patarepol Chitianorak 6-1 6-2.
2. Alex Thomae def. Zach Sopar 6-2 6-0.
3. Ben Bartletti def. Cole Reuter 6-4 6-1.
4. Tommy Blink lost to Connor Neumann-Sleeper 3-6 2-6.
1. Colin Bastle and Kyle West def. Tom Cumberland and Austin Steinback 4-6 7-6(7-5) 10-8.
2. Brian Bartletti and Drew Schwarz def. Teddy Mickelsen and Rolando Colon 6-1 6-0.
3. Joe Servi and Garrett Grabowski defeated Dalton Parson and Sajen Knueppel 6-4 6-1.
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