With just two losses in 30 matches, the Monona Grove High School boys tennis duo of senior Caden Nelson and junior Jacob Munz was hoping for a deep run in last week’s WIAA Division 1 state tournament at the UW-Madison Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
The pair won its first match May 30 and won twice on Friday before falling to Ben Fredeen and Michael Vivian of Green Bay Southwest to end hopes for a state title.
Nelson and Munz started well against Fredeen and Vivian by winning the first set 6-1, but lost the next two 6-3, 6-3.
The Silver Eagles won in the first round over Fritz Brownell and Khaleed Saleh of Neenah 6-4, 6-1 and took a 6-1, 6-1 win over Jared Colucci and Calvin Battle of West De Pere.
The third-round match against undefeated Colin Knutson and Nick Fisher of Brookfield East was more competitive as Nelson and Munz won the first set, 6-1, lost the second, 3-6 but came back to win the third set 6-1.
This was Munz’ second straight year at the state tournament. In 2018, he teamed with senior Max Nelson to win a first-round match over Kaukauna but then fall in three sets to Nicolet.
In the singles competition, senior Cole Lindwall appeared for his fourth and final time at the state tournament and survived two rounds.
He beat senior Noel Ebel of Arrowhead 6-3, 6-2 and then notched a 6-0, 6-0 win over junior Josh Guillermo of Marquette University High School.
However, Lindwall’s third round match did not go as well as he was defeated by Sun Prairie senior Aidan Schutter 6-3, 6-3. Lindwall entered the tournament with an 18-7 record.
Lindwall’s younger freshman brother Chase got his first taste of state tournament experience, but lost in the first round to Elijah Zifferblatt of West De Pere 6-0, 6-0. Chase Lindwall had a regular season mark of 23-4.