Brookfield East boys tennis coach Linda Lied got done what she needed to last week, as the Spartans prepare for the stretch drive.
The Spartans began the week at New Trier, Illinois, tying the Trevians, 3-3, when they had to return home because of stormy weather conditions.
Winning for East were No. 1 singles Felix Corwin (6-3, 6-3), No. 3 singles Robert Krill (6-4, 6-1) and No. 4 singles Doug Francken (5-7, 6-1, 10-6).
"It was a great opportunity for the guys to play some really talented players," Lied said. "They got a chance to sharpen their games and see what they need to work on with conference and sub-sectionals coming up. There were some tough matches."
Then on May 13, the Spartans got back into Greater Metro Conference action, beating the Red Raiders, 5-2, as Lied juggled her lineup, allowing some of the varsity reserves to play.
Patrick Krill moved into the top singles spot and won (6-0, 6-1), while Joe Adams won at No. 2 singles (6-1, 6-1).
Ben Stewart/Nate Allenstein won at No. 1 doubles (6-0, 6-0), Billy Andrae/Nate Sobczak won at No. 2 doubles (6-4, 6-1) and Christian Perry/Kyle McClintock won at No. 3 doubles (6-4, 6-4).
"It's always great competition (against Tosa East)," Lied said. "Allenstein got some good experience, and Ben (Stewart) who is coming off an injury played very well. So did Joe Adams.
"Nate (Sobczak) and Billy (Andrae) are sophomores, so this is a good experience for next year. They get an opportunity to play at the next level.
"We are 11-12 men deep, and we have beaten the best teams in the conference, so even if we lose a match, we have all the tiebreakers."
On May 15 at Middleton, East came away with a 6-1 win over a good Cardinals team.
The Spartans swept singles and went 2-1 in doubles.
Corwin (7-5, 6-4), Robert Krill (4-6, 6-4, 6-0), Tim Langlois (1-6, 6-1, 6-3) and Manalo Galang (6-1, 6-4) dominated the singles.
No. 1 doubles Patrick Krill/Henry Termuehlen (6-2, 6-1) and No. 2 doubles Allenstein/Stewart (6-1, 2-6, 6-3) each brought home winners.
"Middleton was touted as the No. 2 team going into the season, so I pushed to get them on the schedule," Lied said.
Corwin played Jake Van Em Burgh, whose father, Ben, is the University of Wisconsin tennis coach.
"There were a ton of fans on hand to cheer on Jake," Lied said. "But at no time did Felix lose control of the match.
"Our kids are really, really focused, and I talked to them about avoiding a letdown. They are working hard."
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