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Fond du Lac’s Drew Jorgensen ready for return trip to WIAA state tennis tournament
FOND DU LAC – Fond du Lac’s Drew Jorgensen isn’t worried about facing the tough competition awaiting him at the WIAA Division 1 individual state tennis tournament.
He’s gone up against it all season.
In addition to a rugged nonconference slate, Jorgensen has faced the top players in the talent-rich Fox Valley Association, and he believes that has prepared him for any opponent he meets at Nielsen Tennis Center this weekend.
“I’ve played a lot of state players this year, so that’s helped me prepare for what I’m going into,” Jorgensen said earlier this week. “Definitely that every match is going to be tough because everyone is so great there.” Jorgensen, a senior, is making his second straight trip to the state tennis meet and will open against Wauwatosa East freshman Noah Viste on Thursday morning. Viste finished third at the Menomonee Falls sectional last week, while Jorgensen was fourth at the Oshkosh North sectional.
Jorgensen lost in the first round at the state tournament last year but certainly learned from the experience.
“Last year, I wasn’t quite familiar with the environment I was going into, but now I know that it’s a great environment and I’m ready to play a great match,” Jorgensen said. “It feels great to be going again. I’m really excited.”
The winner of the Jorgensen-Viste match plays into No. 6 seed Jaden Aranda, although Jorgensen isn’t concerned about who he might face.
“I haven’t really looked at the bracket. I just look at who I play first,” Jorgensen said. “My first goal is to win the first match, and that’s what I’m focusing on. Then, if I can win that first match, then it’s move on to the second one. But right now, it’s just that first match.”
Jorgensen said the key to his game will be his serve. If he can have a strong game in that area, everything else will fall into place. “It’s going to start with my serve, making sure that’s on,” Jorgensen said. “Then I will build off of that.”
Jorgensen is one of six Fox Valley Association players in the Division 1 field.
Oshkosh West’s Neel Raut is the seeded fifth and Jared Lawatsch of Neenah is the 15th seed in the 56-player field. Oshkosh North’s Charlie Bock joins Jorgensen as No. 1 singles players from the FVA in the field, while Neenah’s Kyler Kappes and Oshkosh West’s Grant Counts are also in the field.
The tournament starts Thursday and will continue Friday and Saturday, with the Division 1 championship slated for late Saturday morning.