Braves tennis sweeps Lancers


The Brownstown Central boys tennis team rebounded from a tough loss to Silver Creek on Monday by defeating Edinburgh 5-0 on Tuesday.

The Braves didn’t drop a set on the afternoon.

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The Braves’ No. 2 doubles team of Sy Zickler and Ethan Carlin stayed perfect on the season defeating Dalton Bieker and Tommy Schneider 6-0, 6-2.

At No. 1 singles, Lute Lahrman defeated the Lancers’ Kinser Bryant 6-2, 6-2.

Cole Brock picked up a 6-3, 6-0 win against Kyle Pendleton 6-3, 6-0 in the No. 2 singles spot for the Braves.

The Braves’ Kent Criminger took the No. 3 singles spot against Coltan Henderson 6-1, 6-1.

In the No. 1 doubles spot, the Braves’ Riley Carlin and Sam Hoff topped Anthony Weber and Parker Bryant 6-2, 6-2.

Braves coach Ron Slaton is happy with the adjustments Brock and Criminger have made moving into singles spots this season.

“Cole is getting stronger,” Slaton said. “He is playing a whole different game going to singles from doubles. It’s the same thing with Kent. Out of his four years on the team, three have been doubles. It’s a different method of playing. They will get better as the season goes on.”

Slaton said that the Lancers are in a rebuilding phase and have improved during the past couple of years.

“Back when I started, Edinbugh used to beat us,” he said. “We’ve been in the same situation they’re in a few years back. You can tell their kids are getting better. Eventually, if you can get past that and find kids who compete you can be successful.”

Thursday, the Braves (3-1) will head to Scottsburg.

Last season, the Braves fell to the Warriors 4-1 in the team sectional championship.

“I think (the win) gave us a good confidence boast,” Brock said after his match. “It put us in the right frame of mind. We need a big win on Thursday. I think, for us, our doubles will be really important against Scottsburg. Scottsburg has some really tough singles players so if doubles can get some wins it will be huge.

“I know this week is going to be tough for us. I was thinking that if we’re (3-1) at this point we will be alright.”