Alex Sviatoslavsky

Madison Edgewood sophomore Alex Sviatoslavsky returns a shot during his semifinal match at the WIAA Division 2 individual state tennis meet. He finished runner-up.

The Madison Edgewood boys tennis team had a streak of 15 state trips to the WIAA Division 2 team state snapped by Catholic Memorial this postseason.

The Crusaders won state in 2018 and 2016 and finished runner-up in 2017, 2015, 2014, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2006 and 2004. Edgewood lost in the semifinals in 2013, 2012, 2010, 2008 and 2005.

Edgewood, which fell two points shy of qualifying for state, 48-46, qualified three singles players and one doubles team to individual state tennis tournament at Nielsen Tennis Stadium on May 30-June 1.

Individual state

Sophomore Alex Sviatoslavsky (22-5) earned the second seed for the WIAA Division 2 individual state tournament and played way to a runner-up finish. Sviatoslavsky earned a first-round bye and then rolled 6-2, 6-3 and 6-2, 6-0 to reach the final four. Once there, Sviatoslavsky defeated third-seeded University of Milwaukee junior Daniel Taleghanni 6-3, 6-3 in the semifinals. Top-seeded Brookfield Academy junior Pablo Dale (21-0) capped an undefeated season to win his second straight state title with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Sviatoslavsky in the championship match. Dale took third at state as a freshman.

Fellow sophomore Donovan Pfaff won a round at state before running into his team, falling 6-2, 6-3 to Sviatoslavsky in the second round. Pfaff defeated West Salem freshman Jack Hehli 6-2, 6-1 in the first round. Senior Chris Boll (20-1), who played No. 2 singles, won a match at state, beating Black River Falls senior Paul Barbe 6-1, 6-0 before falling 6-1, 6-2 to fourth-seeded Myles Krzewinski of Notre Dame 6-1, 6-2.

Sophomores Chase Korb and Gavin Maloney (8-6) lost their first match 6-3, 6-4 to Brookfield Academy sophomore Drew Buckholdt and junior Noah Godsell in the Division 2 doubles bracket.

Sectionals

Edgewood advanced all seven flights through the East Troy subsectional but fell two points shy of catching Catholic Memorial, which had 48 points combined following subsectionals and sectionals. The Crusaders, who swept the No. 1-3 singles titles at the WIAA Division 2 sectional in East Troy, finished second with 46 points.

Sviatoslavsky won the sectional title at No. 1 singles, Boll added the No. 2 singles title and Pfaff won the No. 3 singles title to qualify each for the WIAA Division 1 individual state tennis tournament. Freshman Bartius Bautista (6-5) finished runner-up at No. 4 singles.

Korb and Maloney (8-6) finished fourth at No. 1 doubles and also qualified for state. Senior Jackson Powless and sophomore Sam Katerov (7-2) were second at No. 2 doubles and senior Elliott Stockwell and sophomore Austin Buchner (5-3) also finished runner-up at No. 3.

Edgewood did not reach the state team tournament, which was won by top-ranked Notre Dame. The Tritons defeated second-seeded Brookfield Academy 6-1 in the championship match.