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UW-Fox Valley Tennis Teams Serve Notice

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The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley men’s and women’s tennis teams wrapped up impressive seasons with third-place finishes at the Wisconsin Junior College Athletic Association state tournament in Madison this past weekend.

It was a particularly memorable weekend for UWFox players Matt Hankey and Ben Gruett. Hankey won the No. 2 singles state championship, finishing the season undefeated. Hankey and Gruett also won the No. 1 doubles state championship, capping an undefeated season.

Gruett will be playing next year at UW-La Crosse, while Hankey will be competing at UW-Eau Claire. "These players have a bright future in tennis," UWFox coach Lee Watson said. "I’m glad they started their college career here. They really did a lot for us and we'll be sad to see them go."

Both the men's and women's teams also fared well at the conference tournament the week before. The men won the conference title for the first time in more than 10 years, advancing someone to the title match for each flight except No. 3 doubles. Meanwhile, all of the women won their first-round matches and finished fourth as a team.

"The season as a whole, both teams exceeded my expectations, especially at conference," said Watson, who was named the conference coach of the year. "Everyone put in great efforts, and they paid off.

By winning their conference championships, first-team all-conference honors went to men’s players Gruett and Hankey (for both singles and doubles) and T.J. Slifka (No. 3 singles) and women’s player Danielle Dorn (No. 4 singles). Dorn won all of her matches in straight sets.

Thanks to their runner-up finishes, second-team all-conference honors were bestowed upon Brian Kurth (No. 4 singles), Nick Rehfeldt (No. 5 singles), Erik Nilson (No. 6 singles) and Slifka and Rehfeldt for No. 2 doubles.

Said Watson: "All of our players got along very well and made each other better at practices and in matches. I want to congratulate all of our players for a very positive and rewarding season."

WJCAA STATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS

MEN-Singles

  • No. 1: Ben Gruett took second.
  • No. 2: Matt Hankey took first (undefeated all season)
  • No. 3: T.J. Slifka took fifth.
  • No. 4: Brian Kurth took second.
  • No. 5: Nick Rehfeldt took sixth.
  • No. 6: Erik Nilson took fourth.
  • Doubles
  • No. 1: Ben Gruett and Matt Hankey took first (undefeated all season)
  • No. 2: T.J. Slifka and Nick Rehfeldt took fifth.
  • No. 3: Brian Kurth and Erik Nilson took fourth.

WOMEN-Singles

  • No. 1: Laura May took fourth.
  • No. 2: Mary Shores took fifth.
  • No. 3: Melissa Huempfner took fifth.
  • No. 4: Danielle Dorn took third.

Doubles

  • No. 1: Laura May and Mary Shores took fifth.
  • No. 2: Melissa Huempfner and Danielle Dorn took fourth.

CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT RESULTS

MEN-Singles

  • No. 1: Ben Gruett took first.
  • No. 2: Matt Hankey took first.
  • No. 3: T.J. Slifka took first.
  • No. 4: Brian Kurth took second.
  • No. 5: Nick Rehfeldt took second.
  • No. 6: Erik Nilson took second.

Doubles

  • No. 1: Ben Gruett and Matt Hankey took first.
  • No. 2: T.J. Slifka and Nick Rehfeldt took second.

WOMEN-Singles

  • No. 1: Laura May took fourth.
  • No. 2: Ashley King took third.
  • No. 3: Melissa Huempfner took fourth.
  • No. 4: Danielle Dorn took first.

Doubles

  • No. 2: Ashley King and Melissa Huempfner took third.

Posted 5/7/2003