There were no North Shore Conference flight titles won by the Germantown boys tennis team at the league tourney held May 22 and 23 last week.
But when the first and second doubles teams of Ben Wait and Eric Stodola and Evan Hastings and Xander Rait, respectively, both made finals and played competitive matches before losing, you knew that respect had been earned by the Warhawks.
"It was a great tournament for this young team and historic as well with two flights earning second-team All-NSC honors," said coach Jeff Stodola.
The efforts led the Warhawks to a fourth-place team finish in this most powerful of tennis conferences as Homestead repeated as champion. They took part in the stacked WIAA sub-sectional at Brookfield East on Tuesday, May 27, with qualifiers advancing to the sectional at Wauwatosa West on Thursday, May 29. The sub-sectional itself includes Homestead and state meet favorite Brookfield East.
The top four finishers in flight one of singles and doubles and the winner of flight two in singles and doubles will advance to the WIAA State Individual Tournament, June 5-7 in Madison.
"We need to play our very best if we want to move on," Stodola said. The team of Wait and Eric Stodola, with a season record of 21-2 including several good wins, should earn a high seed.
Germantown finished with 61 total points to tie for fourth with Grafton as Homestead scored 130 points for the title.
Wait and Stodola routed a Grafton team (6-0, 6-0) and then beat a Nicolet duo (6-3, 6-2), before falling to Homestead's Will Kammerait and Aaron Rempel, 6-4, 1-6, 7-5, in the first doubles final.
"We knew that Germantown was one of the better teams out there and had beaten Nicolet in the semis, so we felt fortunate to pull this one out," said Homestead coach Jackie Egelhoff.
The Warhawk pair actually broke the Highlander duo at 4-4 in the third set and had the match on their serve, but Homestead broke serve right back and went on to win the match.
"It was a championship match and was everything the finals should be," Stodola said.
At second doubles, Rait and Hastings (14-4 overall) beat a Grafton pair, 6-3, 6-4, and overpowered a Nicolet duo, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4, in the semifinals before falling to a Homestead team, 6-3, 6-0. Coach Stodola felt that the semifinal match was one of their best efforts of the season.
Other places for the Warhawks included Logan Symes taking fourth at first singles, and third singles player Sam Wessel and the third doubles team of Connor Schmid and Joey Magnabosco both earning consolation titles. Coach Stodola was very pleased with the efforts of Wessel and of Schmid and Magnabosco as both entries had had their ups and downs this season.
Freshman fourth singles player Jeremy Bell was sixth, losing the consolation final in three sets to a Grafton opponent.
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