Catholic Memorial duo cruises to Division 2 state doubles title

Gary Porter
Mike Mirsberger (left) and Tommy Matoska compete at practice June 4 before heading to the WIAA Division 2 state doubles title.
Published on: 6/10/2014

For the first time ever, Catholic Memorial landed an individual tennis state champion, and it wasn't particularly close.

Without dropping more than three games in any set during a rampage through the WIAA Division 2 tournament at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison over the weekend, senior Mike Mirsberger and sophomore Tommy Matoska finished the year 23-0, scoring a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Nick Williams and Nate Calawerts of Notre Dame in the title match.

The pair barely flinched, starting with a 6-0, 6-1 win over a Brookfield Academy duo, followed by a 6-0, 6-2 win over Plymouth and a 6-1, 6-3 triumph over University School to reach the final.

'It's pretty unreal,' Matoska told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 'We put a lot of practice in. Carl (Veenendaal), our coach, gave us wise words because he was a two-time state champion and he really coached us up well to help us win a state championship.'

CMH singles player Christian Erickson lost his first-round match at state.

Brett Venzke of Waukesha South dropped his opening match in the singles competition in Division 1.

Nick Aho and Kyle Peterson of Waukesha North lost their opening match in doubles, as did Waukesha South doubles teams Matt Arvedson and Chandler Hall and Danny Perez and Al Tejada.

South will compete in the team state tennis competition at the same venue, beginning Friday, June 13.