Braves edge stars in non-conference match

For The Tribune


Ethan Wischmeier came up with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Jacob Bair at No. 3 singles to spark Brownstown Central to a 3-2 tennis win over Bedford North Lawrence Thursday afternoon.

Braves Coach Mitchell Taylor said he was pleased to see Wischmeier rally for the win.

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“This is the first time for him playing No. 3 singles this year,” he said. “It was a little change of pace for him, and I think once he faced his opponent a little bit and figured him out, he started to hit the ball the way he knows how to hit the ball.

“I’m proud of him for toughing that one out, and just figuring out a way to win.”

Brownstown’s other points came at No. 3 singles and No. 1 doubles. Adam Pottschmidt scored a 6-3, 6-1 win over Adam Tlustek in singles while Gunnar Zickler and Jackson Lahrman teamed up for a 6-2, 6-3 doubles win over Luke Foreman and Ben Pritchett.

“Jack and Gunnar are really starting to come into a groove,” Taylor said. “They’ve played a lot of matches together because they played half of last season with each-other. I’m glad they’re putting things together and they see things really well on the court.

“Adam at No. 2 singles did a good job tonight of just playing at his own pace. No matter what pace his opponent was hitting at, he was still playing at his own pace and taking advantage of every opportunity he had so he did a good job being his first time at two singles.”

BC’s Ethan Carlin beat Evan Waggoner 6-6 (8) in a first-set tie-breaker then lost 6-1, 6-4 at No. 1 singles, and the Braves No. 2 doubles team of Reece Carlin and Max McClure couldn’t come up with enough winners and fell 6-3, 6-1 to Cade Provo and Wyatt Scherschel.

“Ethan Carlin, at one, is trying to figure things out,” Taylor said. “He’s a kid that just has a lot of passion for playing tennis, and he’s really competitive, and when he doesn’t win he gets frustrated, but he played a great match and he can’t hang his head about it. There are always things to learn and we’re trying to iron things out and get things figured out before the end of the year.

“My two doubles tonight, I really like the way they competed with these guys. I thought they came out a little flat against Seymour, in a match that we actually didn’t finish, but they came out and actually competed tonight. That’s what I need from them night in and night out, so I’m glad to see that from them tonight.”

The Braves (7-2) will travel to Salem today for a Mid-Southern Conference match.