Panthers’ Blend, Primozic to state in doubles


NICK EGGERT of Plymouth returns the ball to Appleton Xavier’s David Jumes in a No. 1 singles match at Thursday’s sectional tennis meet. - Review photo by Greg Ceilley NICK EGGERT of Plymouth returns the ball to Appleton Xavier’s David Jumes in a No. 1 singles match at Thursday’s sectional tennis meet. - Review photo by Greg Ceilley KOHLER – Plymouth’s Steven Blend and Matt Primozic earned a spot in the Division 2 boys state tennis tournament after placing second at No. 1 singles in the Division 2 sectional meet Thursday at the Sports Core.

Blend, a junior, and Primozic, a freshman, lost in the championship match to Green Bay Notre Dame’s Nick DelMoral and Mark Cullen, 0-6, 2-6. The Triton duo is 20-0 this season.

The PHS doubles team, 13-5, advanced to the finals with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Two Rivers’ Brian Ruedinger and Brice Ruedinger in the semifinals – avenging an earlier season defeat.

In the first round, Blend and Primozic outlasted previously undefeated Bryce DeCoursin and Andrew Leibham of St. Mary Central (Menasha), 6-4, 5-7, 6-1. The St. Mary Central team was 15-0 coming in.


STEVEN BLEND of Plymouth keeps the ball in play as teammate Matt Primozic watches in No. 1 doubles play versus St. Mary Central at Thursday’s sectional meet. - Photo by Ben Bachmann STEVEN BLEND of Plymouth keeps the ball in play as teammate Matt Primozic watches in No. 1 doubles play versus St. Mary Central at Thursday’s sectional meet. - Photo by Ben Bachmann The top-four finishers in the No. 1 singles and doubles flight and the first-place finisher in the No. 2 singles and doubles flight qualify for the state meet Thursday through Saturday at UW-Madison’s Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

Panther senior Inigo Acedo- Fernandez won the No. 3 singles flight with a 7-6 (8-6 tiebreaker), 6-4 victory over Howards Grove Tiger senior Cody Stange. Acedo- Fernandez improved to 14-3. The loss was the first of the year for Stange who is 17-1.

Also competing for PHS was senior Nick Eggert (10-5) who lost his first-round No. 1 singles match to Appleton Xavier’s David Jumes, 4-6, 1-6.

PHS tied for second in the sectional with Xavier at 24 points each (total includes subsectional points). Notre Dame earned first to advance to the team state tournament.

“My team played hard and smart, and it definitely paid off today,” said Panther head coasch Chuck Salibi.

“I am very proud of their performance and sportsmanship, and they represent the Plymouth High School and Plymouth Community very well.”

“I am so proud of Cody and his accomplishments this season,” said Tiger head coach Elizabeth Hill.

“He played a hard-fought match [against Acedo-Fernandez] – never giving up in a point/ game/set/tiebreaker. Inigo is a great player, it was a great match to end the season.”


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