The thought of going completely unbeaten through all seven flights in the Waukesha South Invitational started filtering through the camp of the Whitefish Bay boys tennis team late on the afternoon of April 22.
"No one wanted to be the first to lose," said coach Phil Kelbe.
And as it turned out, no one was the first to lose, as the Blue Dukes swept all seven flights in all five matches in cruising to an impressive championship.
It capped off a busy and productive week for Bay that also saw it beat North Shore rivals Cedarburg on April 18 and Port Washington on April 20 (both 7-0) and also defeated state power University School, 6-1, on April 17.
"It was a busy week for us, a very successful week for us," said Kelbe. "We've been in this tourney a long time and that was one of the accomplishments we were looking towards (trying to win all the matches). We didn't lose a flight and that was really something to say, because this is a good mid-level tournament.
"Both Waukesha South and De Pere were at the state team tournament last year."
The Blue Dukes took on rival Nicolet on Tuesday, April 25, and will challenge Germantown on Thursday, April 27, in a pair of North Shore duals.
Bay entered the week at 8-0 in duals.
In claiming the tourney title, the Blue Dukes downed Greendale and De Pere on April 21 and then took down Waukesha North, Franklin and Waukesha South on Saturday, April 22. All match scores were 7-0.
Kelbe praised all his players and especially highlighted his all-sophomore second through fourth singles players Gary Waedekin, Christopher Hastings and Jack Gonzales, respectively.
"Those kids had a great tryout and they're working out well," said Kelbe. "They're all very close (in ability) and that speaks well to our depth. We started talking about it (going unbeaten) after the first day. We wanted to continue to win and that put a little pressure on us, especially when we started switching kids."
Patrick Conta did well at first singles, too, as did the doubles teams of Ben Rackovan and Jacob Gurican, Toyo Borgmann and Will Korbitz and Ben Huegel and Jack Styler. Other players who figured in included Thomas Gonzales and Jack Lyons.
"To do this with not necessarily the same 10 guys going out there every time was a good thing," said Kelbe. "That we were able to do this two or three different extra guys was impressive. You usually run into a roadblock in a situation like that, but we didn't.
"We're pretty proud of the boys."