Friday, April 26, 2013


from today's Waukesha Freeman -

Waukesha South 2

Crusaders sweep singles competition
Mirsbergers successful switching from doubles

By Tony Mooren

Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – There was no trophy, but at least coach Carl Veenendaal didn’t lose his clipboard.

Veenendaal’s good-time feeling from last weekend extended into another match as his Catholic Memorial High School boys tennis team topped Waukesha South 5-2 in a Classic 8 Conference dual meet.

The Crusaders won the Cedarburg Invitational last weekend and beat Brookfield Central for the first time in Veenendaal’s 14 seasons as head coach at Memorial, but he said, “I was so excited when they gave me the trophy that I walked away from the clipboard I had set down and then it disappeared.”

So he’s been in the process of contacting coaches of teams he’s faced this season to
send him the results he had on his clipboard.

He knew all about Thursday’s results: The Crusaders had the singles players and South had the doubles players, with one exception.

Perhaps surprisingly – surprising in that Memorial’s top two singles players, brothers Matt and Mike Mirsberger, are more often successfully playing doubles in non-Classic 8 Conference matches.

The duo finished third in the WIAA Division 2 state meet last season and compiled a 20-2 record.

But Thursday they led a singles sweep: Matt, a senior, beating senior Sawyer Dargiewicz 6-2, 6-0; Mike, a junior, taking out freshman Ben Greichen 6-1, 6-1; freshman Tommy Matoska handling Luis Pena 60, 6-1 and sophomore Christian Erickson getting past sophomore Brett Venzke 6-3, 7-5 in a battle of first-time players at the position.

“I knew the match would come down to
singles,” Veenendaal said. “They have good doubles teams and we have the singles players.” But Matt Mirsberger won his first conference match (1-2).

“I ran into two of the league’s top singles players in our first two matches,” he said.

One of the players is senior Jake Diesler from Mukwonago, a two-time conference champion.

But Mirsberger also has to switch gears from singles to doubles often.

“It’s a little difficult because singles and doubles are different,” he said. “You need two different mindsets, but I’ve played a lot of tennis in my life so it’s not too difficult and they help me. You have to have a good net game in doubles and you need a good baseline game in singles so they help my overall game.”

The Mirsberger brothers are 5-0 in doubles this season and have their sights set on matching their father Mark’s 1981 state title in doubles while playing for Wauwatosa West.

“We’d obviously like to win but we’re just trying to improve on last season,” Matt Mirsberger said.

Memorial’s lone doubles
victory came in three sets at No. 2 as senior Eric Schmitz and junior Jon Rymer improved to 5-0 with a 7-6 (11), 4-6, 6-3 victory over seniors Fernando Tejada-Conner Barrett, dropping the South duo to 7-3 this season.

South victories came from seniors Justin Seflow and Justin Gorski at No. 1 as they improved to 9-1, and junior Danny Perez and sophomore Al Tejada at No. 3.

“Obviously I’m not entirely pleased how we played but I was very
impressed by the way the Mirsbergers played,” South coach Dan Schreier said. “Our No. 1 doubles team is really starting to impress people and our No. 3 doubles team probably played its best match this season.”

Seflow and Gorski trailed 3-1 in the second set, then recorded a break and went on to win.

“They’ve gotten down a little in a lot of matches and they used to waver a little but they don’t waver at all any more,” Schreier said.
Photo credit: Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman  Catholic Memorial senior Matt Mirsberger won the No. 1 singles match Thursday. 

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