The Maple Leafs’ tennis team went down swinging at the IHSA Class A State Tournament on May 24.

The Maple Leafs’ tennis team went down swinging at the IHSA Class A State Tournament on May 24.

Mason Miller became the first Geneseo singles player to win a match at state as a freshman.

The Maple Leafs’ Mick Haverland and Brandon Gallagher earned a win at state which is the third-consecutive season a Geneseo doubles team has notched a state win.

The two victories earned Geneseo four points which earned them a tie for 32nd place.

After suffering a first-round set back, Miller defeated Johnsburg’s Brian Anderson 6-4, 6-4 in the first-round consolation match to make school history.

Miller was defeated in the second-round consolation match by Dunlap’s Aanan Kashyap.

“I think he’s going into the offseason with the mindset that (he) needs to make it back to state,” Geneseo Coach Kevin Reed said. “As he was watching and playing at state, he saw that, whoa, singles is a tough road.”

Haverland and Gallagher took the first set but were defeated 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 against Chatham’s Ashwin Gupta and Amr Issa.

Chatham had a 4-3 lead in the first set, but Geneseo was able to break Chatham’s serve and hold serve to take the first game.

However, Gupta and Issa started putting away winners by taking command of the net.

“They were very evenly matched,” Reed said. “They just did a better job of putting the ball away at the net than we did.”

In the duo’s first-round consolation match, Geneseo’s Haverland and Gallagher defeated Metamora’s Keegan DeShon and Zack Lambiase 6-3, 6-4.

“They came out firing,” Reed said. “If we would have played the first match like the second, we would have won it.”

With the heat baking the players on the court, playing three matches in four hours with only 20-minute brakes in-between makes the day into a marathon.

Prairie Ridge’s Devarsi Rawal and Ben Lingner defeated Haverland and Gallagher 7-5, 7-6 (5).

“I think now with the two-class system, you can actually do some damage at state,” Reed said.

Haverland and Avery Dunker became the first Geneseo players to reach the second day of the state tournament in 2017.

Reed said Haverland’s main goal this season was just to get back and finish his career at the state tournament.

Haverland and Gallagher were paired together with about a month left in the season and were a tough team to knock out in the postseason.

“I don’t think they wanted to let each other down,” Reed said. “When they play they don’t argue. Sometimes they do get down, but then they will pick each other back up.”