New Washington took both doubles positions and won a three-setter at No. 2 singles to edge Trinity Lutheran’s boys tennis team 3-2 Wednesday.
At No. 1 singles, Trinity’s Bailey Baker left little room for doubt in a 6-2, 6-2 victory against the Mustangs’ Gavin Schindler.
“I’m real proud of the way (Baker) played tonight,” Cougars coach Mark Voss said. “He got off to a little bit of a slow start, but once he got focused he knew what he needed to do to win points.”
The other Cougars (1-5) win came at No. 3 singles, as Matt Stuckwisch topped Isaac Leezer 6-0, 6-2.
“Matt is a multi-dimensional player,” Voss said. “He’s playing very well right now. I think he has lost just seven games in the last three matches.”
With both doubles matches already gone to the visitors, the Mustangs’ Mason Huff outlasted Jace Crockett 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 at No. 2 singles to seal the team win.
“We’ve been here before with the three set matches,” Voss said. “(Crockett) gets out quick and wins the first set, but for one reason or another — I can’t put my finger on it — something will happen in the match where a switch will flip. Then, it just starts going the other way. By then, we’re already into a third set, and anything goes — where it’s just who has more momentum and who wants it more.”
Trinity’s No. 1 doubles tandem of Avery Schwipps and Pierce McCammon fell to AJ Walter and Fernando Diaz 6-2, 6-3, and Noah Voelker and Caleb Gruenwald lost to the Mustangs’ Garrett Wilson and Sam Stricker 6-3, 7-5 at No. 2.
“We need to recognize that we can’t hit the ball back to the net player all the time,” Voss said of the doubles teams. “We need to keep the ball in play at the baseline. Too often, we will give the ball to the net and the other team will have an easy hit.”
Voss said he feels like the team needs to play with more mental focus moving forward.
“We need to focus on every point,” he said. “We’re right there; we just have have mental lapses sometimes when we should be focusing on each point.”