Veteran Shorewood netters claim Woodland dual meet crown
Kelley's three-setter is the clincher
The Shorewood boys tennis team has faced challenges all spring, with miserable weather, and in the matches they have been able to get in, brutal competition.
So it was no surprise that the Greyhounds found themselves ready Monday night in the rain-delayed Woodland Conference dual meet championship match with perennial titlist Greendale.
And they didn't blink, as senior second singles' player Sean Kelley's 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 rally for a win was the final touch on a 4-3 team championship-earning effort.
"There has been a sense of urgency this year," said first-year coach Maike Tredeau, who was Shorewood's assistant coach last season. "There are so many seniors on this roster. You look at our varsity roster and eight of the 10 are seniors. They bring a lot of maturity and that makes them easy to work with."
The Greyhounds will try to build on the dual meet title with the Woodland Tournament this Thursday and Saturday at Greenfield, Greendale and the Village Club in Greendale. They will then take part in an extremely difficult WIAA Division 2 sub-sectional at Pleasant Valley Tennis Club in Jackson on Monday, including a couple of the same schools they have been butting heads against all season, including defending state champion University School and Brookfield Academy.
Qualifiers will head back to Pleasant Valley for sectional competition Wednesday.
The Greyhounds will be battle-tested as they enter tourney competition with a 10-6 overall dual meet record including 8-0 in Woodland matches.
And that eighth league victory was hard to earn, as aside from Kelley (8-8 overall) other match wins Monday against Greendale included senior first singles player Tim Perry (13-3), freshman fourth singles player Sasha Velikanov (8-5) and the second doubles team of seniors James Keane and Ben Kuhlmann (12-3).
Other varsity players include junior Allen Kang (8-3) at third singles and seniors Grant Kleveland-Kupczak and Seung-Hyun Jin at third doubles. Senior Ethan Halloran has played all 15 matches at first doubles this spring with various partners, most recently fellow senior Ben Wassermann (7-8 overall mark).
Tredeau said the records are deceiving as the Greyhounds have butted heads with USM twice, Madison Edgewood twice and Brookfield Academy and Racine Prairie one each. In a 5-2 loss to powerful Prairie, the Greyhounds dropped two three-set matches.
"It's been a fun season," Tredeau said. "We've played some really top teams, which will only make us better in the long run."
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