Boys Tennis at the Jim Laing Invitational
The University School boys’ tennis team took 3rd place in the Jim Laing Invitational Tournament on Friday April 5th and Saturday, April 6th at the Pleasant Valley Tennis Club in Jackson.
As they often do, the Wildcats began their season by playing in the tournament named after the school’s long time coach, Jim Laing. Each year USM invites some of the top teams in Division 2 to compete in the tournament.
This year was no exception. The Wildcats hosted teams they frequently play in the WIAA D2 state tournament at the end of the season. The invitational is a good test to see where the players stand at the beginning of the season and what they, and the team, need to work on during the season.
Matt Flack, USM’s head coach, explained, “We are still experimenting with the lineup and plan to take a look at a few other players in different positions as we go throughout the next couple weeks. We are excited about the youth on this team, and our senior leadership will help mentor those young players.”
As Flack said, the Wildcats tried different combinations of players throughout the tournament, seeing what might work against their high-level opponents.
In their first round, the Wildcats lost to Green Bay Notre Dame, a perennial state tournament opponent, 6-1. They then played another rival, Madison Edgewood. USM won that match, 4-3.
USM’s third match was against Kohler; the Wildcats won, 5-2. The Wildcats lost their final match to Brookfield Academy, 5-2.
USM ended with a 2-2 dual match record and the USM players won 13 of the 28 individual matches they competed in during the weekend.
The Wildcats will continue their search for the best when they play another solid D2 foe, Kenosha St. Joseph, in a dual match at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 11th at USM
Notre Dame 6, USM 1
No. 1 - Daniel Taleghani, USM defeated Myles Krzewinski, ND, 6-3, 5-7, 10-7;
No. 2 - J.V. Steckart, ND defeated Danny Gridley, USM, 6-0, 6-0;
No. 3 - Tommy Zakowski, ND defeated Rahul Mullick, USM, 6-3, 6-1;
No. 4 - Will Templeton, ND defeated Shaan Sharma, USM, 6-1, 6-1;
No. 1 - Alan Schneider and William Schneider, ND defeated Matt Cooper and Addison Elliott, USM, 6-4, 4-6, 10-8;
No. 2 - Josh Janssen and Christian Remington, ND defeated Andrew Bechthold and Conner Gourlay, USM, 6-4, 6-1;
No. 3 - Ryan Schram and Joe Massabni, ND defeated Simon Affi and Bill Rui, USM, 6-3, 2-6, 10-7.
USM 4, Madison Edgewood 3
No. 1 - Alex Sviatoslavsky, ME defeated Daniel Taleghani, USM, 6-0, 6-2;
No. 2 - Christopher Boll, ME defeated Danny Gridley, USM, 6-0, 6-1;
No. 3 - Donovan Pfaff, ME defeated Rahul Mullick, USM, 6-0, 6-1;
No. 4 - Shaan Sharma, USM defeated Jackson Powless, ME, 6-0, 6-4;
No. 1 - Matt Cooper and Addison Elliott, USM defeated Chase Korb and Gavin Maloney, ME, 6-4, 6-4;
No. 2 - Andrew Bechthold and Conner Gourlay, USM defeated Martius Bautista and Alex Moen, ME, 6-2, 6-0;
No. 3 - Simon Affi and Bill Rui, USM defeated Sam Katerov and Austin Buchner, ME, 7-5, 6-7 (1), 10-8.
USM 4, Kohler 3
No. 1 - Daniel Taleghani, USM defeated George Palof, KOH, 6-0, 6-0;
No. 2 - Alex Unger, KOH defeated Danny Gridley, USM, 6-3, 6-1;
No. 3 - Conner Gourlay, USM defeated Evan Udovich, KOH, 7-5, 6-2;
No. 4 - Shaan Sharma, USM defeated Rahil Patel, KOH, 6-1, 6-1;
No. 1 - Matt Cooper and Addison Elliott, USM defeated John Vallo and Xavier Dekeme, KOH, 6-2, 6-2;
No. 2 - Leo Fink and Ben Guesneau, KOH defeated Andrew Bechthold and Rahul Mullick, USM, 7-5, 7-6;
No. 3 - Simon Affi and Bill Rui, USM defeated Carter Gebler and Tyler Roeder, KOH, 1-6, 6-4, 10-8.
Brookfield Academy 5, USM 2
No. 1 - Pablo Dale, BA defeated Daniel Taleghani, USM, 6-2, 6-3;
No. 2 - Taytem Matthews, BA defeated Rahul Mullick, USM, 6-1, 6-3;
No. 3 - Shaan Sharma, USM defeated Christian Hong, BA, 3-6, 6-4, 10-8;
No. 4 - Andy Liu, BA defeated Ryan Treptow, USM, 6-0, 6-0;
No. 1 - Matt Cooper and Addison Elliott, USM defeated Mikey Long and Hansen Zaiser, BA, 6-3, 7-6 (6);
No. 2 - Andrew Bechthold and Conner Gourlay, USM defeated Drew Buckholdt and Noah Godsell, BA, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 11-9;
No. 3 - Pranav Gogineni and Christopher Jasinski, BA defeated Simon Affi and Bill Rui, USM, 6-4, 1-6, 10-8.
Results - Team Matches:
Brookfield Academy 6 Kohler High School 1
Madison Edgewood 6 The Prairie School 1
Notre Dame 6 USM 1
USM 4 Madison Edgewood 3
Brookfield Academy 6 The Prairie School 1
Notre Dame 7 Kohler High School 0
Brookfield Academy 4 Madison Edgewood 3
USM 5 Kohler High School 2
Notre Dame 6 The Prairie School 1
Brookfield Academy 4 USM 3
Notre Dame 4 Madison Edgewood 3
Kohler High School 5 The Prairie School 2
Final Dual Results:
(Final position determined by head-to-head, common opponents, and overall dual record.)
1st: ND 4-0 (23 individual match wins)
2nd: BA 4-0 (20 wins)
3rd: USM 2-2 (13 wins)
4th: EHS 1-3 (15 wins)
5th: KHS 1-3 (8 wins)
6th: RP 0-4 (5 wins)