St. Catherine’s and Case high schools finally got in the first boys tennis meet of the season Thursday.
The Angels won three matches in straight sets and were tested in four others in a 7-0 nonconference victory over the Eagles at Case.
Freshman Patrick Anderson, playing at No. 1 singles, led the singles sweep for St. Catherine’s with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over junior Gavin Johnston, and senior Steven Lee, a first-team All-Racine County selection last year, beat Ben Rauenbuehler 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2 singles.
The other straight-set victory for the Angels was by seniors Tom Smith and Josh Audenby at No. 1 doubles, 6-0, 6-1 triumph over senior Aaron Diaz and junior Connor Taylor.
“Tom Smith and Josh Audenby put on a clinic on how to play serve and volley doubles,” St. Catherine’s coach Jason Caspers said. “Gavin came on in the second set (of the No. 1 singles match) and Patrick played well under pressure.”
In the three-set matches, each team won the first set twice, but the Angels won all four. The tightest match was at No. 3 doubles, where senior Joseph Kunda and junior Jeremy Dobbs beat juniors David Barreto and Nathan Castillo 6-2, 6-7 (3), 7-5.
“I thought our players kept their poise in the three-setters extremely well,” Caspers said.
Case coach Maureen Asfeld was also happy with the way her team competed in their matches.
“I was happy with their effort and fortitude,” Asfeld said. “They didn’t give up and they kept battling.”