The Maple Leafs had plenty to celebrate with Brandon Gallagher and Mick Haverland qualifying for the state meet in doubles, and Mason Miller earning a spot at state in singles.
After making school history last season, Geneseo’s tennis team fell just short of bringing home another sectional title.
However, the Maple Leafs had plenty to celebrate with Brandon Gallagher and Mick Haverland qualifying for the state meet in doubles, and Mason Miller earning a spot at state in singles.
Alleman (25) claimed the Class 1A Sterling Sectional team title with Sterling finishing runner-up (18) and Geneseo (16) finishing third in the eight-team field on May 19.
Gallagher and Haverland finished runner-up in the doubles bracket defeated by the Pioneers’ Jesse Dyer and Sean Gelski in the title match 6-2,2-6,7-5.
“It was a good competition for state,” Gallagher said. “We are going to be playing a lot of other good teams. It was kind of like the next step toward state.”
The duo was paired together about a month ago and had to fight hard to earn a state berth winning the deciding match 7-6 (8-6), 6-0.
“We have good chemistry,” Haverland said. “We’ve been friends for years and that helps us a lot. We are both kind of quiet so we don’t get frustrated with one another, just ourselves, and we know what we have to do after that.”
Haverland and Avery Dunker became the first Geneseo tennis team to reach the second day of the state tournament last year.
Haverland and Gallagher want to repeat the achievement.
Haverland said he thinks they are capable of reaching their goal if they are able to minimize mistakes.
Miller finished fourth in the singles bracket falling to Rochelle’s Noah Griffith in the third-place match.
Miller has done well competing as a freshman at the No. 1 singles spot this season.
Miller becomes the first Geneseo freshman to reach the state tournament since Shawn DePauw earned a double berth as a freshman in 2010.
Miller knew the road would be tough facing each team’s best player as a freshman can’t be beaten.
“I’ve been really working hard over the last year to get to (state),” Miller said. “I was really excited when I got it. It was worth it.”
Geneseo’s Griffin Tracey was defeated in the second round by Rochelle’s Griffith who finished third in singles.
The Maple Leafs’ Ben Ford and Dylan Hart won their first-round match 6-1, 6-3, but the duo was defeated by Dixon’s Daniel Ferguson and Jonathan Rivera who finished fourth in doubles.
Hersey High School hosts the state tournament at different sites in the Chicago suburbs with matches beginning on Thursday, May 24.
Miller will play Nick Parsons of Troy Triad in the first round, and Haverland and Gallagher will play Chatham’s Ashwin Gupta and Amr Issa in the first round.