The Brownstown Central tennis team found out how important every point, game and set is during Monday’s Mid-Southern Conference match against Charlestown.
With the score 2-2, the match came down to Brownstown Central’s Ethan Wischmeier against Steve Delaney at No. 3 singles.
Wischmeier started strong with a 6-3 win in the first set.
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After he lost the second set 6-0, Wischmeier started out strong again in the third set by building a 3-0 lead. The rally the sophomore had going came to a sudden end as Delaney won 6-3 resulting in a 3-2 win for the Pirates.
“I thought Ethan was going to find a way to win that one,” Braves coach Scott Dittmer said. “But unfortunately he wasn’t (able to).”
Brownstown Central took both doubles positions.
At No. 1 doubles, Sy Zickler and Sam Hoff had a 6-3, 6-2 win against Josh Copeland and Jacob Doherty.
The No. 2 doubles team of Gunnar Zickler and Jackson Lahrman came away with a 6-2, 6-1 win against Aaron Meyer and Chase Wray.
“No. 2 doubles showed up and took care of business,” Dittmer said. “We just need to have a little bit better representation from singles and we’ll be right where we need to be. No. 2 doubles played well all around. That was probably the best match they’ve played. The big thing was, they were just moving their feet, getting their feet in the right position. When your feet are right you make shots more often than not.
“No. 1 doubles, all around they were right where they’ve been all year. I’ve been fortunate to be able to depend on those guys.”
Charlestown’s other points came at No. 1 singles where Miles Matthews beat Luke Cobb 6-0, 6-0, and No. 2 singles where Trey Woodward was a 6-1, 6-3 winner over Ethan Carlin.
Prior to the match, Brownstown Central seniors Cobb, Hoff and Sy Zickler and their parents received special introductions by Dittmer.
Dittmer said he has enjoyed coaching that trio this fall.
“They kind of made it easy on me coming in here as a first-time coach, letting me know how things usually went on, and taking leadership and helping out in practice,” Dittmer said. “They’ve been a real good group of guys for me.”
The Braves, 8-6 overall and 5-3 in the MSC, will practice the rest of the week before traveling to Austin on Monday and then preparing for the Seymour Sectional beginning Sept. 28.