Senior Nolan Meyer ended his prep career with a personal-best third-place finish Wednesday, May 22, for the Stoughton boys tennis team at the WIAA Division 1 Madison Memorial sectional.
Meyer (21-6) finished third at No. 2 singles, beating Evan Mallon on Milton 6-1, 6-4 inside Nielsen Tennis Stadium. He lost his opening match Wednesday 6-2, 6-2 to Verona senior Kevin Fan and was one of three Vikings to finish fourth at the sectional.
“I thought my season went really well. It was nice to be able to extend my season and make a deep run into sectionals,” Meyer said. “I ended up with a pretty good record, so that was a nice way to end things.”
It was the final competitive tennis match for Meyer, who will be playing soccer at Macalester College this fall. He is playing club soccer this spring before starting training this summer before heading to St. Paul in August.
A three-year starter at No. 1 single the last three years, coach Amy Kahl said the season couldn’t have ended better for Meyer.
“We had a conversation on Monday, and Nolan said this season really worked out,” Kahl said. “For him to end his season with third in a very tough conference and third at a very difficult sectional, is just awesome for him.”
Meyer was one of six seniors on the team as well as No. 3 singles player Zerek Zeichert, No. 1 doubles player Collin Ace and No. 3 doubles players Agron Useini, Simon Shelley and Brody Jerrick.
No. 4 singles
Freshman Hayden Schreier (14-14) earned a first-round bye with Verona senior Chris Queoff unable to play and taken to a local emergency room at No. 4 singles. Schreier automatically advanced to the finals where he lost 6-1, 6-1 to Middleton junior Akshay Kelshiker (17-0).
“Hayden hits in the offseason, I think the big thing for him is going to be getting bigger and stronger next season,” Kahl said. “The way he improved this season was great. I definitely think he will move up in our lineup next year.”
No. 1 singles
Sophomore Steven Benoy (17-10) played Tyger Yang in his first match at No. 1 singles and lost 6-4, 6-0. It was the third time Yang got the better of Benoy this season.
“Tyger is an awesome player,” Kahl said. “Steven had a really good set but it seemed like as soon as he lost the first game, he started getting into his own head.”