In what was in all probability the Greater Metro Conference Championship match, coach Linda Lied's Brookfield East boys tennis team blew away Marquette, 6-1, on April 30 at home in a battle of the state's top two teams.
Having just beaten the Hilltoppers, 5-2, in the Spartan Invitational the week before, East did them one better this time around.
The Spartans didn't allow the Hilltoppers to win one game in singles, winning every match by 6-0 scores. East is a veteran team, while the Hilltoppers lost six starters to graduation. MUHS is still talented but very young.
Felix Corwin beat Alex Rohosz at No. 1 singles, Dave Horneffer beat Ethan Budiono at No. 2 singles, Doug Francken beat Caleb Schitono and Robert Krill beat Bobby Schultz at No. 4 singles.
At doubles, which were more competitive, Marquette's No. 3 team of Nick Olsen/Reagan May kept the Hilltoppers from being blanked as they defeated Manalo Galang/Tyler Kendler (6-2, 6-3).
East's No. 1 doubles Patrick Krill/Henry Termuehlen defeated Austin Budiono/Robbie Balistreri (6-3, 5-7, 6-4), and No. 2 doubles Jimmy Engelhart/Tim Langlois defeated Nick Kallman/David Sinense (6-4, 6-2).
"When we play head to head, we are a very solid team," said East coach Linda Lied. "All of our singles and doubles team played well. We were energized for the match."
The Spartans had a match at New Trier rained out on May 1 but then won the Spartan/Trojan Invitational.
East played without some key players, including Corwin, Patrick Krill and Tyler Kendler, as Lied looked to use other varsity players to gain some more experience.
Robert Krill at No. 1 singles beat Stoughton, Wauwatosa West and Greendale. Galang defeated Franklin, Tosa West and Greendale at No. 3 singles and Joe Adams, playing No. 4 singles, defeated Cedarburg, Franklin and Wauwatosa East.
Francken moved up to No. 2 singles and beat Franklin, Tosa West and Greendale. He only lost one game all day.
The doubles lineup at No. 1 Engelhart/Langlois beat Tosa West, Franklin and state qualifier Muskego in the championship match.
Horneffer moved over to No. 2 doubles with Termuehlen and defeated Muskego, Tosa West and Greendale.
Finally, two varsity reserve players stepped in at No. 3 doubles, Nate Sobczak /Billy Andrae, and they won their first two matches and lost in the finals.
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