Brownstown tennis bests Trinity 3-2


It wasn’t the most pleasant conditions as the Brownstown Central girls tennis team battled at Trinity Lutheran on Monday night for a cross-county match.

Around 40 degrees with 26 mile-per-hour wind gusts and some rain splattered here and there, it was a matter of grinding it out on the court, which is what the Braves did to score a 3-2 win over the Cougars.

Getting points for Brownstown was Leah Pottschmidt winning 6-4, 6-2 over Siddha Hall at No. 2 singles, Jenna Bolte winning 6-1, 6-1 over Samantha Enzinger at No. 3 singles, and the No. 2 doubles team of Audrey Scarlett and Genna Preston winning 6-0, 6-4 over Natalee Martinez and Emily Keller.

“It was very difficult, especially with serving,” Bolte said of the conditions. “But I really just thought about where the wind was blowing and played against it as much as I could.”

This was Bolte’s third match of the season in the three singles position. She spent the prior matches playing at two doubles, and Bolte has liked the transition to singles thus far.

“I’m surprised that I do like it better because I have the whole match in my control, so I like that aspect,” she said.

In terms of how Bolte scored the victory over Enzinger, she said, “just the positioning with the wind was in my favor tonight, and I had some good volleys tonight.”

As the season goes on, Bolte said she wants to work on her serves and getting those angles to hit the ball in the corners.

Trinity’s two points came at No. 1 singles where Drew Hubbard beat Brynn Burton 6-4, 6-0, and at No. 1 doubles, where Carson Bowling and Kiley Zabel won a three-set tiebreaker 4-6, 6-3, 10-3 over Kaitlyn Williams and Bella Brown.

“I was just trying to be consistent because that was probably the worst conditions I’ve ever played in,” Hubbard said on her match. “You just had to take control of the ball and make sure you’re not hitting it with the wind.”

As the match went on, Hubbard said she got used to playing in the tough weather.

“I think instead of just trying to hit aggressive shots, I tried to hit low shots so the wind couldn’t take it,” she said.

This is Hubbard’s third year playing tennis, and after being in the No. 2 singles position in previous years, this is her first season playing solely at No. 1 singles.

“There’s definitely been a lot of success at No. 1, which wasn’t necessarily expected,” Hubbard said. “I think I’ve improved a lot since last year, just like mentally is my main thing. I don’t think I was as strong mentally last year as I am this year, and I just have a better feel for the sport in general since this is just my third year playing.”

Monday night’s match was also Senior Night for the Cougars, who honored seniors Hall and Enzinger after the match. Head coach Jayme Lowe said both Hall and Enzinger are rock stars.

Up next for each team, Brownstown (5-6) will play at Jennings County today while Trinity (6-7) will play at Christian Academy later today.

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