New Richmond's Bradish gains valuable experience at state tennis tournamentSeeing a sophomore advance to the WIAA State Tennis Championships is a pretty rare feat.
Seeing a sophomore advance to the WIAA Division 1 State Tennis Championships is a pretty rare feat.
The New Richmond tennis coaches are hoping this is one of many steps in the tennis career of Tiger sophomore Nick Bradish. Bradish was defeated in the opening round of the 2012 state championships last Thursday, but he put up a battle that showed he was not intimidated by playing at the state level.
Bradish was defeated 6-2, 6-4 by Sjoerd Vandrager of Waukesha North in the opening round of state Division 1 singles play. Vandrager is a foreign exchange student from Holland.
Tiger coach Mike Montello said Bradish’s goal this season was to advance to the state tournament. With that step achieved, Bradish is looking at bigger challenges down the line.
“He’s got a new goal, to get down to Madison and have some success there. He now realizes what he’s capable of doing,” Montello said.
Bradish and Vandrager put on a state-worthy display of tennis, with both players pounding balls from the baseline that kept both players constantly on the move.
“He played better than his opening match at sectionals,” Montello said, comparing this to the win that qualified Bradish for the state tournament.
Bradish finishes the season with a 10-5 record.
The Tiger team awards have been issued and seniors Pat Holland and Charlie Kleiner swept the awards. They were named as the team’s Most Valuable Players and were recognized as the team’s captains.
“Pat and Charlie were great role models with the way they handled difficult situations the way they did,” Montello said.