Singles player Nick Price of Wauwatosa West and the doubles team of Michael Lockhart/Jordan Crump of Wauwatosa East each came home with a win at the Boys Tennis State Individual Championships, June 2-4 at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.
Price defeated junior Austin Sternbach (10-7) of Kenosha Indian Trail (6-1, 6-1) in the first round but then lost to third-seeded Ryan Risgaard (24-2) of Neenah (24-2).
'Nick had a great state tournament and a fantastic season,' coach Kosta Zervas said. 'Finishing the season at 20-7 and playing the schedule we did showed he made tremendous strides from last year to this season. I look forward to seeing Nick improve to be one of the top players in the area.
'It's very easy to get caught up in the atmosphere at the state tournament, however. Nick played very steady and smart tennis. He played great points and showed tremendous composure. Unfortunately, he ran into a very, very good player in the second round (third-seeded player), which ended his season. He should be proud of all his accomplishments this season. He was our team MVP.'
Special qualifiers Lockhart/Crump defeated special qualifiers seniors Kolten Nelsen/PJ Bundy-Wurtz (12-4) of Menomonie (6-4, 5-7, (7). Then in round two, they lost to 14th-seeded junior Sydan Parker/Robby Baranko (26-4) of Homestead (7-6(2), 6-2).
'It was nice to see Michael and Jordan win their first match at the state tournament,' coach Glen Slonac said. 'In the first match, we were in control most of the match and were in good shape to close the match out in two sets. We were serving 5-4 in the second set but went on to lose the next three games. They started out the tiebreaker well and had a lead throughout the match tiebreaker and closed the match out.
'In the second match, they came out more aggressive and relaxed. I was pleased to see Michael and Jordan playing more relaxed tennis. We were up 5-2 in the first set but just couldn't win the set and lost, 7-6, and then lost the second set, 6-2.
'The match was very close throughout both sets, but we just couldn't close out games in the second set. The big part was we didn't serve as well as we could and got their serves broken too many times due to low first -serve percentage.'