Port nips Grafton again in net battle

Pirates use singles success to score 4-3 win over Hawks for second time this season

AARON MONTREAL gave Port Washington one of its match wins in a 4-3 victory over Grafton in a boys’ tennis meet May 10. Photo by Sam Arendt
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Some of the players’ names were different, but the result was the same when the Port Washington and Grafton boys’ tennis teams met in a dual meet May 10.

Port edged their rival, 4-3, for the second time this season.

The Pirates followed that up by going 2-1 at the Waupun quadrangular tournament on Saturday.

“Everyone came ready to compete and played great offense to be able to get their opponent off of their rhythm,” Port coach Melonie Zielinski said of the win over Grafton.

“Our doubles teams were able to work together to attack the net, while our singles players were able to move the ball around during their rallies.”

The Black Hawks had a different lineup, some by necessity and some by experimentation.

“We had a couple of seniors missing again, which may have made the difference between a 3-4 loss and a 4-3 win,” Grafton coach Russell Johnson said.

“We also played around with the lineup,  moving Kyle (Bauman) and Josh (Brown) to doubles and Josiah (Tamsen) and Carter (Day) to singles for the day. Everyone played well, but we came up just short as a team.”

The No. 3 doubles match went to a tiebreaker. Grafton’s Trevor Bodart and Sal Chityala beat Bryce Bertler and Cale Theis in a 4-6, 6-3, 10-8 thriller.

At No. 1 singles, Port’s Aaron Montreal beat Max McKnight, 6-3, 6-0. At No. 2, Tamsen beat Kyle Zacher, 6-0 6-0.

Also in singles, Port’s Jake Schmit blanked Day, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 3, and the Pirates’ Isaac Welton beat Joe Lacher, 6-2, 6-0, at No. 4.

At No. 1 doubles, Grafton’s Jarrett Desautel and Alex Pavelick downed Neil Schlessinger and Thomas Garant, 6-3, 6-0. At No. 2, Port’s Shane McConahy and Matt Huebner beat Bauman and Brown, 6-1, 7-5.

At the Waupun quad, Port defeated Ripon, 4-3, and Waupun, 4-3, before losing to Kewaskum, 4-3.

Scoring victories against Ripon were Zacher at No. 3 singles and Schmit at No. 4. Winning doubles matches were Huebner and Skylar Shafer at No. 2 and Bertler and Theis at No. 3.

Against Waupun, Schmit and Welton posted singles wins, and doubles wins came from Huebner and Shafer along with Bertler and Theis.

Against Kewaskum, Montreal won his No. 1 singles match, as did Schmit at No. 3 and Welton at No. 4.

On May 7, Grafton lost to West Bend West, 5-2. The Hawks were missing their No. 1 doubles team, so it moved everyone up a seed.

The new No. 1 team of Day and McKnight won, 6-3, 6-3, and the No. 3 team of Tamsen and Joe Lacher won, 7-5, 6-4.

This week, the Pirates and Hawks were scheduled to play in the North Shore Conference meet on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Nicolet and Whitefish Bay.

Grafton plays in a quad at Cedarburg on Saturday. Port plays in the Kohler invitational with meets at home Friday and at Kohler on Saturday.

WIAA subsectionals for both local teams are Monday, May 21, at Watertown Luther Prep.

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