Brownstown Central’s boys tennis team spoiled senior night at Trinity Lutheran Tuesday night by blanking the Cougars 5-0.
Cougars coach Clayton Engel changed his lineup and had all five of his seniors in the varsity line up. Those seniors were Pierce McCammon at three singles, Hunter Morgan and Caleb Gruenwald at one doubles, and Nathanial Baughman and Nathan Rust at two doubles.
Engel said he has enjoyed coaching the seniors this season.
“As far as performance, they’ve filled a lot of our varsity spots,” he said. “We’ll definitely miss them when they’re gone, and even the ones that are still on the JV team have contributed in a lot of other ways, socially and in team spirit, so that’s been good to see, and we’ve still got some games left to enjoy them.”
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Engel said his team was beaten by an excellent team.
“This is the strongest team we’ve played so far, so it was definitely a challenge,” he said. “I’d say overall they played well. I think they played about their best. They actually had a challenge and rose up to it and got a few more games in than they have in the past against easier teams so that’s a positive to take away from this match.”
BC’s Ethan Carlin defeated Jace Crockett 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, while Adam Pottschmidt was a 6-1, 6-2 winner over Noah Voelker at two singles.
Braves coach Mitchell Taylor said he felt like his team came to strong at all positions.
“Our guys came out focused,” Taylor said. “I thought we played much better than we did (Monday) against Borden. I like the way they came out and concentrated and got the job done. Before the match I just told them to focus on top spin, keeping the ball in play. There is a tendency to want to hit the ball hard, and to want to hit the ball flat, so I just tried to get them to stay on the consistent side and hit the ball with more top spin.
“It just gives the ball an opportunity to stay on the court, and I think they took that to heart and they really brought it into their games tonight.”
McCammon was unable to win a game at three singles in a 6-0, 6-0 loss to Ethan Wischmeier.
The Braves also dominated in doubles with Gunnar Zickler and Jackson Lahrman posting a 6-1, 6-2 win over Morgan and Gruenwald at first doubles while Reece Carlin and Max McClure beat Baughman and Rust 6-2, 6-1 at second.
The Cougars (1-6) will travel to Henryville today and the Braves (9-2) will travel to Eastern (Pekin) Thursday for a Mid-Southern Conference match.