Batavia coach Brad Nelson likes the way his team has started the 2022 season.
The Bulldogs are 12-3 overall and 3-2 in the DuKane Conference.
The only obstacles in conference play have been powerhouses Wheaton Warrenville South and Wheaton North. Both teams defeated the Bulldogs by a score of 5-2.
Nelson has a solid lineup that includes No. 2 senior singles player Jacob Arlandi, who is 15-4 and 4-1 in conference play. Senior Liam Keane is 10-3 and 4-1 in DuKane action while playing third singles.
All three doubles teams have been successful. Sophomores Erik Warner and TJ Stras have a 13-6 record at No. 1 doubles. Senior Hank McClure and junior Sriram Swaminathan are 9-1 overall and 2-0 in conference action. Sophomore Stuart Murchie and senior Liam Cheaney are 11-1 and 2-0 in DuKane action.
“Wheaton North, Wheaton (Warrenville) South and Batavia are the top three,” Nelson said. “We’re still a surprising distance into the conference tournament.”
St. Charles North Update:
Sean Masoncup was in a tough spot when his North Stars took on Geneva.
Masoncup’s son, Tyler, is on the No. 1 doubles team in Geneva with senior Joe Adams.
Tyler Masoncup, a freshman, along with Adams scored a victory against the North Stars.
“It was a strange and happy time,” said Sean Masoncup. “You want to win, but being a proud dad is there too. He’s really off to a good start in his freshman season. I couldn’t be a prouder dad.”
Senior Matta Ciabilis, a returning state qualifier, and sophomore Jon Spicer have been the North Stars’ best individual players.
The North Stars’ best doubles players are Cole Weddle, John Bumbales, Noah Bajuk and Brady Barnes.
Western Aurora Update:
Blackhawks coach William Stanley was disappointed that the Blackhawk Invitational was canceled on April 30.
Despite the cancellations and inclement weather, West Aurora has posted an overall record of 7-5 and 4-4 in Southwestern Prairie action.
Stanley has a solid lineup with Yahir Espinoza, Johnny Runge and Josh Hartman manning the individual spots.
In doubles action, Will Hipp and Tommy Martin are at No. 1, Gabe Escobedo and Ben Fisher are at 2, Emri Estrefi-Tony Carillo patrol the third doubles and Elian Lira and Andrew Simmons are playing in the fourth doubles.
“We keep getting better every day,” Stanley said. “We work hard and enjoy playing together.”
Ryan Barbasz thinks his two best doubles teams could qualify for the state tournament.
Tyler Masoncup and Joe Adams are at No. 1 and senior Ryan Cedergren and junior Danny Cappelli play at No. 2.
“They have played well,” Barbasz said. “They have the ability to make it to the state tournament. They’re hitting their stride.”
The other doubles teams are junior Drew Cournaya and senior Joe Black at No. 3, while senior Nick Kane and junior Jaylen Patel play doubles quarters.
The individual lineup, led by junior John D’Andrea, has senior Donovan Del Mundo at No. 2 and junior Carter Cook at No. 3.
St. Charles East Update:
Rob Livermore’s team has been led by the stunt teams of Luke Hull and Alex Sternowski and Jackson Ginaris and Jonathan Sengstock. Quincy Moss and Tiernan Price make up the No. 1 doubles.