The Menomonie tennis team ended the regular season in third place overall in the Big Rivers Conference (BRC) after taking fourth place at the conference tournament Saturday at Eau Claire North High School.
Brent Evan took fourth place at the No. 1 singles position, Connor Rose ended fifth at No. 2 singles, Jack Trunkel placed fourth at No. 3 singles and Tom Poplawski finished fourth at No. 4 singles.
Evan won the first round against River Falls’ Matt Myers 6-1, 7-6, then lost in round two to Hudson’s Tyler Gross 6-0, 6-0 and then fell to Chippewa Falls’ Sean Martin in the third place match 6-1, 6-2.
“Brent really stepped up for us, and I am extremely proud of how he played at this tournament,” Supri remarked. “He conducts himself so well on the court and is exactly the type of player we want representing Menomonie tennis on and off the court. His senior leadership has been incredible and has propelled us through the season.”
Rose lost to Chippewa Falls’ Simon Arneberg in the first round 6-3, 6-1 then defeated Eau Claire North’s Henry Thao 6-2, 6-2 to secure fifth place.
Trunkel played a long-winded match against River Falls’ Hunter Squire in a first round victory, 6-4, 6-7, 10-6, then lost to Hudson’s Lukas Johnson 6-1, 6-0 in the second round before falling to Chippewa Falls’ Eli Martincorena 6-2, 6-4 in the third place match.
Poplawski won in round one against River Falls’ Derick Graves 6-1, 6-4, then lost the next two rounds to Eau Claire Memorial’s Ethan Beckerman 6-0, 6-1 in round two and then Hudson’s Brock Wimer 6-2, 6-3 in the third place match.
In doubles action, the No. 1 team of Ethan Wurtzel and Victor Kaufman landed in third place, winning against Eau Claire North 6-4, 6-1, then losing to Hudson 6-3, 6-2. They won the third place match against Chippewa Falls 6-1, 6-1.
“The more matches these two play together, the better they get,” Supri said. “They are starting to play with a lot more energy on the court which is a great thing to see.”
The No. 1 duo earned a second team all-conference selection for their efforts this season.
At No. 2 doubles, Zach Zaborske and Kevin Reitz finished in fourth place, defeating Eau Claire North 6-3, 6-4 in the first round before falling to Eau Claire Memorial 6-0, 6-1 in round two and then Chippewa Falls 7-6, 6-4, 10-7 in the third place match.
“They did all they could do against Memorial, but that was just too tough,” Supri said. “In the third place match, I was very happy to see them recover from losing the first set in a tiebreak by winning the second set. They were very close to winning that match, it could have went either way. Two doubles is not an easy place to play, but for being so young, those two really did a great job.”
The No. 3 doubles team of Ryan Wheeler and Dominik Hendrickson also took fourth place after winning 6-0, 6-2 against River Falls, then falling to Hudson 6-3, 6-1 in round two and then 6-3, 6-2 to Chippewa Falls in the third place match.
Supri said the Mustang’s goal of finishing third in the conference was a fairly high goal and was pleased the team stepped up and accomplished that goal, especially considering the team lost eight of its 10 varsity players from last year.
“To finish third in a conference, behind state ranked Eau Claire Memorial and a team as tough as Hudson is this year, is a great accomplishment,” he said.
Menomonie hosted a nonconference match between Aquinas, Central and Regis Monday and wrap up the regular season with a match against Baldwin-Woodville on Thursday.
Post-season action season opens up with subsectionals this upcoming Monday, followed by sectionals Wednesday, May 23 in Eau Claire.