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2009 wisconsin boy’s district team cup report

once again western michigan university played host to the 2009 boy’s district cup. historic stowe stadium on the campus of kalamazoo college was also used as a site of competition for this year’s event. stowe stadium has hosted the boy’s 16’s and 18’s national hardcourts for many years and provides a great playing experience for the athletes in the district team cup.

the event is exciting for the players because it is played in a college team format starting with three doubles matches followed by six singles matches. the team that wins two of the three doubles matches claims the one doubles point and each singles match is worth one point. so your number six match is equally as important as the number one match.

this year’s team consisted of billy bertha, brandon debot, sam ecker, connor gilmore, jack larsen, drew lied, alex jesse, and nelson vick. i felt this year’s team had a good balance of experience and youth, and i felt as if we could have a really good tournament. we were seeded third, but i was optimistic that we could place higher than that.

we start off the competition by sweeping northwest ohio and northern illinois. all team members competed on the first day which helps knowing that we had the depth to be good regardless of who was in our lineup. it is nice on the first day to be able to get through without completely draining the team. the two rookies of the team, jack larsen and alex jesse, made great impressions in their debut matches.

on the second day we faced a very good central indiana team by the score of 6-1 and also defeated northwest ohio 7-0. once again we were able to use all eight of our team members. it is important on the first two days to try to figure out good doubles pairings, and by the semi-finals we felt we had a good doubles line-up. i felt like we were playing good tennis going into the final day and felt our guys had really handled themselves in a professional manner.

our matchup in the semi-finals would be against the number two seeded team from chicago. i knew that the doubles would be very important in this match because i knew it would be tough to win four of six singles off a team as good as chicago. our guys came out playing very well and we completed the first step in gaining the doubles point. billy bertha and nelson vick won at the number one position and jack larsen and alex jesse secured the point at number three. brandon debot and drew lied had impressive wins at number three and number five. jack larsen gave us a chance at number six losing a three setter as we came up just short against chicago.

after a quick recovery, we had to turn around and play the playoff match for third and fourth. we revenged a loss from last year and defeated western michigan to take third place. brandon debot finished the weekend winning all six of his singles matches, while the teams of bertha/vick and larsen/jesse went undefeated in doubles. we had a very good group of kids this year that all represented the wisconsin district very well.

Boys 18's District Cup Team photo

2009 14’s District Cup Team

We headed down to the tournament and picked team members up as we went. We checked into a hotel then went to the courts for a team practice so we the team could get to know each other and get used to the courts. Later, there was a coaches meeting where the coaches could talk and get to know each other. After practice, at the team meeting at our hotel, we discussed our goal of winning a sportsmanship award for Wisconsin and of displaying our best attitudes and behavior.

Our first match was against Middle Illinois. It was a good match and our first chance to use the format of 3 boys' singles, 3 girls' singles, 1 boys' doubles, 1 girls' doubles, and 1 mixed doubles match. Wisconsin won the match 9-0. Our afternoon match was against Northeast Michigan and was at the Schwartz Tennis Center which has 6 indoor and 6 outdoor courts. Wisconsin won 9-0 again.

Our first match of the day was against the third seeded team, Ohio Valley. Wisconsin lost the match 5-4 after a match tiebreaker at #1 doubles and a match tiebreaker at #3 singles. The afternoon match was against the 2 seed, Chicago. Our #1 singles player had sore knees so he was pulled out and everyone else was moved up a spot. Chicago snuck by 5-4 in a very competitive, close match including another deciding tiebreaker. We had outstanding girls' doubles from Karyn Guttormsen and Elizabeth Konan.

For our last day, we faced Western Michigan. We wanted to finish the tournament strongly and we did, winning the match 7-2. We had another strong showing from the girls' doubles. We finished the tournament 5th, which was our original seed. Two of our players, Shannon Etten and John Carswell, won the sportsmanship awards of the tournament. This, along with the great behavior of the entire team for the weekend, achieved our team goal of portraying Wisconsin tennis with great sportsmanship and behavior.

We started out the weekend as a group of strangers who knew nothing about each other. Over the course of four days, we came together as a team both on and off the court. After each match, we learned more about handling ourselves under pressure. Our motto was "It's not how you start the tournament, it's how you close the tournament" and we had a goal of finishing strong. The Wisconsin team displayed positive attitudes throughout the tournament and we're very proud of how they played.

-Coach Dan Oliver
-Marina Oliver (team manager)

2009 14's District Cup Team

2009 Marian Wood Baird Cup Report

In mid-June, the Wisconsin District sent eight young ladies to Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, to play the 59th annual Marian Wood Baird Cup competition. This event brings together the top 18-and-under females from the Midwest Section (one team from each of fourteen districts) for singles and doubles match play in a team format.

Much like a college dual match, the format allows for six singles and three doubles matches between competing teams. Wisconsin was placed in a 6-team flight and played a dual match against each of the other five teams in the flight. Our competition proved to be very strong, as we finished fourth among the six teams. Our overall placement (8th?) will be determined at a later date, based on the winning percentages of the teams finishing in the middle of the two other flights.

The Wisconsin team was comprised of the following players, with their hometowns listed after their names:

Katy Allen, Waukesha
Aly Coran, Mequon
Aiyi Ecker, Mequon
McKennah Edwards, Fond du Lac
Sophie Lillie, Milwaukee
Rachel Margolies, Madison
Caroline Starck, Williams Bay
Jennifer Winston, Milwaukee

My assistant coach, Hayley Homburg, and I were very impressed with the attitudes and performance of our players. They competed hard, got along well with each other and with their opponents and they made the trip a very enjoyable event. We’re really proud of the manner in which they represented the Wisconsin District. I look forward to coaching the team again in 2010.

Tom Chorney
Wisconsin MWB Cup Coach

2009 Marian Wood Baird Team Photo‏

2009 Midwest Jr. Davis Cup Report

The 12’s team from Wisconsin traveled just south of Indianapolis, Indiana to Greenwood, IN to compete in the USTA Midwest Cup. Eleven of the fourteen Midwest Districts were represented with a minimum of 3 boys and 3 girls per team. Traveling with four boys and four girls to compete, Wisconsin arrived excited to play.

The 11 teams were broken into two flights. Wisconsin was placed in the red flight, as an unseeded team along with the 1 and 4 seeds. With a round robin format, 5 rounds of play stood before the team. The tournament began Friday morning and the team started off against Southeast Michigan (SEM). After taking 2 of the 3 doubles matches, Wisconsin had a good chance to upset the fourth seed. Taking 3 of the 6 singles matches would secure a win for Wisconsin, unfortunately SEM prevailed in 4 matches, therefore handing Wisconsin a defeat 4-5. Friday afternoon, Wisconsin played Northern Indiana and won 7-2. The team stayed well hydrated and played strong despite the temperature approaching 100 degrees.

Well rested, Saturday started off against Ohio Valley, the number one seed. The team played well and left everything on the court but was defeated 1-8. The afternoon match was against Northwest Ohio and Wisconsin won 8-1.

Going into Sunday with a record of 2-2, Wisconsin faced off against last year’s championship team, Central Indiana. Central Indiana defeated Ohio Valley on Friday, so Wisconsin knew they had a tough match ahead of them. Getting swept in the doubles matches, Wisconsin had an uphill battle to defeat Central Indiana. The girls fought hard and won 2 of the 3 matches, with the third going into a 3rd set tiebreaker. The boys had a tough road ahead of them, needing to win all 3 to win the dual. Central Indiana arguably had the strongest boys lineup of the tournament, they ranked 1st, 4th and 26th in the Midwest. The boys fought hard but could not add another team point to the total.

The team played well and enjoyed the high level of competition. They battled the tough competition and with the heat, the team bonded quickly. Many young tournament players do not get a chance to participate on a team. Getting a chance to play doubles offered the kids a chance to experience another aspect of the game, especially mixed doubles. Off court the team bonded throughout the weekend and showed great support for their teammates and good sportsmanship to other teams, coaches and officials.

The following is an alphabetical list of the players and their respective hometowns:
Robin Engel, Fox Point
Nina Gerard, Bayside
Lily Hayes, Whitefish Bay
David Hoerneffer, Brookfield
Emily Kobow, Hartland
Alan Sweet, Madison
Wentong Zhang, Whitefish Bay
Ellie Zimmerman, Green Bay

I could not imagine doing this by myself so I owe a thank you to Natalie Fuller who travelled along with the team and helped the overall experience go smoothly.
Joe Ewert USPTR
12’s Wisconsin Cup Team Coach

2009 Jr Davis Cup Team Photo

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