Coach Scott Dittmer said his Brownstown Central boys tennis team needs to match opponents’ intensity from the start if it wants to win its remaining Mid-Southern Conference matches.

“They came out and they were hitting better shots than we were,” Dittmer said following a 5-0 loss to Scottsburg on Thursday. “We didn’t put enough pressure on them and we came out on the losing end.”

The Braves seemed to play better in the second sets at No. 3 singles and both doubles.

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Brownstown’s Ethan Wischmeier lost to Mason Noble 6-2, 7-5 at No. 3 singles.

Sy Zickler and Ethan Carlin fell to Isiah Walker and Camden Jones 6-3, 6-4 at No. 1 doubles, while Gunner Zickler and Jackson Lahrman fell 6-0 to Mark Hays and Malachi Carr in the first set at No. 2 doubles before falling 7-6 (7-4) in the second set.

Luke Cobb lost 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, while Sam Hoff came out on the short end or a 6-1, 6-0 score at No. 2 singles.

Dittmer said his team needs to be more consistent with the ground strokes.

He said in a lot of overheads they missed, and a lot of volleys that they missed they did not do that.

“Our second serves need some work, especially in doubles,” Dittmer said. “Getting that first serve in is really important. Not getting a good second serve is just setting your net man up so we need to work on that, too.

“Footwork can always be better. It was a hot day today. It looked like the guys were dragging a little bit, but it was hot out here for Scottsburg too.”

The Braves fell to 1-2 in the MSC and 2-2 overall.

“We have some work to do, and luckily we have some time to do it,” Dittmer said. “We still have plenty of matches in the conference, and the sectional to look forward to. Hopefully we’ll get another shot at Scottsburg in the sectional.”

Brownstown Central will play in the Brown County Tournament on Saturday starting at 9 a.m.

Arv Koontz is a sports correspondent for The (Seymour) Tribune.