Brownstown tennis beats Salem 3-2


Tied at 2-2, it game down to two singles between Brownstown Central and Salem on Thursday evening on the Braves’ home courts.

Brynn Burton, a freshman on the Braves tennis team, lost the first set 6-4 but rallied back with a strong second set to win it 6-0.

The third set was back-and-forth, but ultimately it was the freshman that prevailed as Burton won in three sets 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.

“She just hung with it,” head coach Erik Stangland said. “She was figuring out what she needed to do, moving the girl side to side as opposed to hitting the girl’s strength, which was front to back. That was a big deal. Just that little bit made a huge difference in the score.”

It gave Brownstown the 3-2 win and improved the Braves’ early season record to 2-0.

“It’s nice having the two wins because of having such a young and inexperienced team,” Stangland said. “I’m not saying we expect to win matches this year, this is a growing year, so any match we can be in and have a chance to win is awesome.”

The other two points from Brownstown came at doubles. Hannah Hackman and Chelsea Luedeman won at one doubles 6-2, 7-5, and Jenna Bolte and Bella Brown won 6-4, 6-3 at two doubles.

Leah Pottschmidt lost 6-1, 6-4 in three singles, and Alexia Manns lost at one singles. Manns is a freshman who filled in for Ava McKinney on Thursday at the top singles spot.

Brownstown’s first win on the season came on Monday when the team defeated Madison on the road 3-2.

The three points against the Cubs came in similar spots as Burton won at two singles 6-2, 6-0; Hackman and Kylie Eglen won at one doubles 6-1, 6-4; and Luedeman and Bolte won at two doubles 6-2, 6-2.

“I think we’ll definitely get a lot better as we go,” Stangland said. “I think there will be a lot of different lineups we use throughout the season.”

Stangland mentioned how if some girls can get their serving down and learn to volley, they could be challenging for a doubles spot in varsity.

Brownstown’s next task will be against Silver Creek on Monday at home. The Dragons are a tough team that Brownstown hasn’t had a whole lot of success against in recent history.

“If we can compete with Silver Creek, it would be a big deal for the next several years,” Stangland said. “Just the confidence boost of being able to go in and play against a team like they traditionally.”

Silver Creek is a measuring test for the Braves this season, as is Seymour, who they won’t play until April 21.

“They’re (Seymour) a middle of the season team, so if we can get better again and play them in sectional, so we can see growth, that’s what we want to see,” Stangland said.

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