Brookfield East Spartans beat Marquette, 5-2, to finally win own tennis invite
State's top tennis team also blanks Falls, Eau Claire Memorial
It was a good week for coach Linda Lied and her Brookfield East boys tennis team.
After blanking Menomonee Falls in a Greater Metro Conference match on April 22, the Spartans shutout a good Eau Claire Memorial team on Friday and then topped off their week by winning the Spartan Invitational on Saturday, defeating rival Marquette in the finals.
"We have done the Spartan Invite for years," Lied said. "It has been one of the dates when they (most teams) could come down. It has been a good measuring stick for our team. It sets the bar right away.
"If you play weaker teams, it gives you a fault sense of how good you are. We lost to Marquette every year. Winning this first one is a big thing. It tells us we are this good."
Nicolet (No. 3), Eau Claire Memorial (No. 4), Arrowhead (No. 9), University School of Milwaukee (No. 1 in Division 2) and Oregon (honorable mention) are all highly-ranked teams in Wisconsin.
The No. 1 in the state Spartans won three singles and one doubles match in their 5-2 win over the No. 2-ranked Hilltoppers in the championship match.
Felix Corwin won (6-1, 6-1) at first singles, David Horneffer won (6-2, 6-3) at second singles and Doug Francken won (6-0, 6-0) at third singles.
Patrick Krill/Henry Termuehlen won at second doubles (6-2, 6-0).
East opened the day by beating No. 9 Arrowhead, 6-1.
Singles winners were Francken (6-1, 6-1), who played No. 1 singles, No. 3 Jimmy Engelhart (6-0, 6-1) and Patrick Kill at No. 4 (6-1, 6-1).
Robert Krill/Termuehlen won at first doubles (6-3, 6-1), Corwin/Horneffer moved to second doubles from singles and won (6-0, 6-0) and Tim Langlois/Manalo Galang won at third doubles (6-0, 6-1).
The Spartans then blanked Neenah, 7-0, in their second match.
Corwin (6-1, 6-2), Horneffer (6-2, 6-0), Francken (6-3, 6-0) and Tyler Kendler (6-2, 6-2) swept singles.
The brothers Krill won a first doubles (6-3, 6-1), Termuehlen/Engelhart won at second doubles (6-1, 6-3) and Langlois/Galang won at third doubles (6-4, 6-3).
Being a dual-match format enabled Lied to move people around and play with her lineups — and still win the title.
"I like to move people around," she said. "In order to secure spots in individual state tourney, I want our other players to play 1s or 2s numerous time throughout the year. Then when it comes time, we can show that our other kids beat other teams' top players."
The Spartans opened the week April 22 and swept Indians, 7-0, at Menomonee Falls with a remade lineup.
Kendler (6-1, 6-0) won at No. 1 singles, Galang won at No. 2 (6-0, 6-0), Joe Adams at No. 3 (6-2, 6-1) and Tianrue Ren at No. 4 (6-1, 6-0).
No. 1 doubles winners were Chris Penny/Kyle McCrintock (6-1, 6-1), followed by Billy Andrne/Noah Propp (7-5, 7-5) at No. 2 and the team of Adam Clauter/David Braun (6-1, 3-6, 6-1).
Eau Claire Memorial
The Spartans swept the Old Abes, 7-0, on Friday, April 25, at home.
Corwin won at first singles (6-0, 6-2), followed by Horneffer (6-0, 6-1), Francken (6-0, 6-0) and Kindler (6-3, 6-2).
The Krill brothers Patrick/Robert won first doubles (6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (5)), followed by Termuehlen/Engelhart (6-2, 4-6, 6-3) and Tim Langlois/Adams (6-3, 6-2).
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