Gabe Peraino ‘22: The boys varsity tennis team finished the regular season with three important divisional meets against Cousino, Utica, and Chippewa Valley. Coming off of big wins against Dakota, L’Anse Creuse, and Stevenson, the Bulldogs knew that the biggest threats for the throne got put away. If Romeo secured these final few matches, then they successfully defended the MAC White Division.
On Monday, September 20th, the Bulldogs traveled down to play the Cousino Patriots in their first divisional match for the week. Romeo exploded right out of the gate, winning all of their matches with a final team score of 8-0 and almost perfecting the shutout in each flight as well.
The Bulldogs knew that they couldn’t take the Patriots lightly, knowing that they controlled their own destiny by winning the division. “Ending it early” and “moving onto the next one” spoken by head coach Matt Burr created the extra commitment for getting this win.
“Cousino gave us a good start to our long week. We definitely needed to start it with a good shoutout win,” Roman Tarnavsky ‘24 said.
Romeo didn’t get any rest. The following day they played a tough Utica Chieftains team on all flights. The match lasted longer than expected, but the Bulldogs started to find a flow, finding their serves, forehand, and backhand strokes, and just like that they started to gain a larger lead, eventually winning 8-0 once more.
“It took us a little bit to really get going. It wasn’t pretty, but we got the job done,” Brett Stubleski ‘22 said.
Although the Utica roster is talented, the Bulldogs ended up playing better on all aspects of the game. Romeo easily grabbed their second win of the week.
The Bulldogs brought the magic number all the way down to one for clinching the MAC White Division. They definitely felt the pressure and nerves to play well, however they knew what they needed to do to win.
On Friday, September 24, Romeo hosted the Big Reds of Chippewa Valley in their final divisional battle of the year at home. The Bulldogs tried not to think about it, and they prevailed.
Romeo ended up winning the final divisional matchup of the year by defeating the Big Reds by a final score of 7-1. The Bulldogs officially won the MAC White Season Championship for the second year in a row.
“I am so happy that our team pulled through in this long week of tennis. We got wins against so many good tennis programs that pushed us to our limit. Now we have to look forward to the tournament championship along with regionals,” coach Matt Burr said.
The Bulldog’s journey doesn’t stop there, they now look forward to the MAC White Tournament which is the following week against all the teams in their division. This means that the Bulldogs face their toughest opponents for a second time.
The season presented a tough challenge for the Bulldogs, knowing that they lost quite a few varsity players from last year’s team. Despite those minor setbacks, Romeo pushed through the year and adapted to the transition by defeating big schools such as Dakota and L’Anse Creuse.
The Bulldogs accomplished a huge goal; the MAC White Season Championship. Now Romeo aims for bigger aspirations.