Brookfield East warmed up for the postseason by winning the Greater Metro Conference Championship on May 20-21 and the Dick Arnold Waukesha South Invitational on May 24.
The Spartans beat Marquette for the conference title, 54 to 44, followed by Brookfield Central (33), Wauwatosa East (24), Hamilton (21), Menomonee Falls (15) and West Allis (5).
"We are in a good place," said coach Linda Lied. "We feel very confident going into this. We respect our opponents, but we're all good, ready to play everybody. We are going to come and try to beat them, not take anyone lightly."
The Spartans won six of seven positions, finishing second only at No. 1 doubles as the MUHS team of Austin and Ethan Budiono defeated Henry Termuehlen/Patrick Krill (6-3, 6-4) and kept them from sweeping the title.
But the Spartans won easily.
No. 1 singles Felix Corwin got a well-deserved bye, then beat Brookfield Central (6-0, 6-2) and MUHS (6-1, 6-0) for the title.
No. 2 singles Dave Horneffer also earned a bye and then rolled over Hamilton (6-1, 6-1) and MUHS (6-1, 6-0) to win his title.
No. 3 singles Doug Francken got a bye and victories over Tosa East (6-3, 6-0) and Marquette (6-2, 6-0) to win his championship.
No. 4 singles freshman Robert Krill won his first GMC title, getting a bye and then defeating Falls (6-0, 7-6(5)) in a battle and MUHS (6-4, 6-0).
East's two doubles champions were the No. 2 team of Ben Stewart/Nate Allenstein, who defeated West Allis (6-0, 6-0), Brookfield Central (6-4, 6-3) and Marquette (7-5, 6-3) and the No. 3 team of Tyler Kendler/Manalo Galang, who beat West Allis (6-1, 6-0), Brookfield Central (6-0, 6-2) and MUHS (6-1, 7-6(1)).
At the Dick Arnold Invitational at Waukesha South on May 24, East won all their matches to finish with 49 points, well ahead of Eau Claire Memorial (39).
University School of Milwaukee was third (35), followed by Arrowhead (20), Madison West (18), Waukesha South and Tosa East (each with 14) and West De Pere (7).
On the singles side
Horneffer, playing No. 1 singles, was 3-0, beating USM in the finals, 6-0, 7-6(2). Francken, who moved up to No. 2, finished 3-0, beating USM in the title match (6-3, 6-3).
Robert Krill won at third singles, beating Eau Claire Memorial (6-1, 6-0) in the title match, and Kendler won at fourth singles over Eau Claire Memorial (6-3, 6-2).
On the doubles side
Termuehlen/Patrick Krill won first doubles over Eau Claire Memorial (7-6(2), 6-1), Langlois/Engelhardt beat USM (6-2, 6-3) for the second doubles title and Stewart/Allenstein beat ECM (6-2, 6-1) for the third doubles title.
East also whipped Homestead, 6-1, to open the week. The Highlanders are one of the teams who hope to challenge the Spartans.
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