Even with a shorthanded roster due to spring break, Wauwatosa West's boys tennis team was able to continue its strong start to the season by going 3-0 in dual meets at the Trojan-Raider Invitational on April 22 at Hart Park.
The Trojans improved to 8-1 overall with wins over Bay Port (6-1), Waukesha West (7-0) and Onalaska (6-1).
"We were kind of scrambling this week when it came to putting together our lineup," Tosa West coach Kosta Zervas said. "We had to throw some guys from JV into our lower spots. They performed pretty well. I was pleased with how they played. As a team, we did a really nice job. A few guys played out of position.
"I'm really happy with our play and how we are coming into matches mentally strong, playing within ourselves and avoiding a lot of unforced errors. It is a really nice start to the season. Granted, we haven't played the strongest teams, but winning is contagious and builds confidence."
Nick Price, Akshay Bakshi and Alex Cruz all went 3-0 on the day at the top three singles flights, as did the doubles teams of Zach Schumacher and Niels Peters, Danny Kuehn and Jacob Lueck and John Frank and John Garder.
Lueck moved up from No. 3 doubles to team with Kuehn at No. 2 doubles, but the duo was comfortable playing with one another already because they were a doubles pair last season.
At No. 1 singles, Price won 6-0, 6-0 against Bay Port and Waukesha West and 6-1, 6-0 against Onalaska. Bakshi won 7-6, 6-1 over Bay Port, 6-3, 6-0 against Waukesha West and 6-7, 6-1, 10-3 in a three-set match against Onalaska at No. 2 singles. Playing No. 3 singles, Alex Cruz earned a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Bay Port, a 6-4, 6-0 win over Waukesha West and a 6-4, 4-6, 10-7 win over Onalaska.
Camillo Sauceda won 7-5, 6-1 over Waukesha West at No. 4 singles.
Scuhmacher and Peters grabbed a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Bay Port, a 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Waukesha West and a 6-2, 6-0 win over Onalaska at No. 1 doubles. At No. 2 doubles, Kuehn and Lueck won 6-3, 7-5 against Bay Port, 6-0, 6-0 over Waukesha West and 6-1, 6-2 in their match with Onalaska. Frank and Garder needed three sets to win 3-6, 6-3, 10-5 over Bay Port, won 6-0, 6-3 against Waukesha West and 7-6, 6-2 over Onalaska.
Tosa West was scheduled to host Menomonee Falls in a nonconference dual meet Wednesday, April 26, before traveling to Pewaukee for a crucial Woodland Conference dualmeet Thursday, April 27. The Trojans will then play in the Trojan/Spartan Invitational on Saturday, April 29.
"We are playing some tough teams," Zervas said. "We are looking to stay undefeated in conference (against Pewaukee), which is big for us."