Whitefish Bay boys tennis coach Phil Kelbe is not going to read too much into the Blue Dukes' championship in the eight-team Waukesha South Blackshirt Invitational on April 22 and 23.
But he is going to take it for what it is, a good round of hitting and experience for a team that could use it, especially in its youthful doubles brackets.
'It was a mid-level tourney, good but not great,' he said. 'The competition was close and it gave us a chance to experiment with some things and get guys in we don't normally do. The good thing is, is that we got a lot of matches in and really learned some things about ourselves.'
The Blue Dukes scored 44 points for the title while Franklin was second with 40 points and host South was third with 38.
They defeated South (6-1) and Franklin (5-2) on April 22 and then downed De Pere (4-3), Waukesha North (7-0) and Hartford (7-0).
Kelbe was particularly pleased with the efforts of sophomore first singles player Patrick Conta and senior singles players Brennan Gregg and Anthony Enea. Kelbe also added that freshman Christopher Hastings is playing very well, too.
Bay's lineup features four freshmen and Kelbe said he is still figuring out the best use of talent
'If we go with our best singles lineup, then about five of our six doubles players will be new,' he said. 'It's kind of hard. We could move some of our singles over to doubles, but our goal is still to try and win as many duals as possible and get the best kids to qualify for state.'
Kelbe said he's still thinking about the idea of pairing Gregg and Enea in doubles as the pair did some work together that way in the offseason.
The Blue Dukes, who also beat West Bend West (7-0) and Port Washington (7-0) last week, will have a three-match dual set-up this week, including entertaining Germantown at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28.
'We're a good team, not a great team,' said Kelbe. 'We certainly know we have some work to do. The conference is just going to be so hard to call. I've just never had to deal with so many new players before.'