O'Gorman boys dominant in home tennis dual
May 14. 2013 2:38PM
The Lynx boys came out on the short end Wednesday afternoon as they hosted one of South Dakota’s top prep boy’s tennis programs, the O’Gorman Knights. The Knights took all but two of the nine non-conference matches, putting Brandon Valley at 7-5 on the season.
“We definitely found out what it takes to play with the best teams in the state,” said Lynx head coach Mark Schlekeway. “I thought we played on our heels a little too much and didn’t step up to take control of points. O’Gorman is an impressive team that just finds ways to win points, so I give them a ton of credit with making us play the way we did. We are right there and it is now just a case of believing that we can do it.”
Brandon Valley’s two victories came from underclassman Lucas Mutchelknaus (No. 6 singles) and the No. 2 doubles team of Drake Van Egdom and Tanner Wehrkamp.
Mutscheknaus defeated Ramzi Maluf 10-4, while Van Egdom and Werhkamp sidelined Sam Heckman and Austin Bauer 10-6.
“I was pleased with Lucas at Flight 6 singles as he controlled his match from the start,” Schlekeway said. “Lucas is starting to hit his stride now that he has gotten the court time.”
The Lynx will compete for the Eastern South Dakota Conference title this Friday. The meet, which starts at 9 a.m., will be played in Brookings. The state tournament is set for May 16-18, and will be played on courts in both Brandon and Sioux Falls.
“We just need to continue to improve each day and hopefully we will play our best tennis of the year the next two weeks,” the coach said.
BV 2, O’G 7
Singles: Tommy Entwistle (OG) def. Billy Trevillyan 10-4; Ben Czarnecki (OG) def. Drake Van Egdom 10-3; Sam Heckman (OG) def. Tanner Wehrkamp 10-1; Jake Moran (OG) def. Austin Sadler 10-8; Austin Bauer (OG) def. Cooper Baltzer 11-9; Lucas Mutschelknaus (BV) def. Ramzi Maluf 10-4. Doubles: Entwistle-Czarnecki (OG) def. Trevillyan-Sadler 10-3; Van Egdom-Wehrkamp (BV) def. Heckmann-Bauer 10-6; Moran-Maluf (OG) def. Baltzer-Mutschelknaus 10-5.