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Two Lynx netters battle for ESD Conference titles
Baltzer wins consolation singles title

May 14. 2013 3:09PM
Two members of the Lynx boys tennis team battled their way to the their respective championship matches at Friday’s Eastern South Dakota Conference meet in Brookings. Watertown cruised to the title win, posting 386 points. Mitchell (266) and Pierre (171) were second and third, respectively. The Lynx had to settle for fifth place.

“I thought going in we had a shot at getting into the top four,” said Lynx head coach Mark Schlekeway. “Even though we got fifth we fought until the end and a couple of close matches just didn’t go our way. It is the toughest day of tennis that we experience all year and you could tell that this was the first time some of our boys played in this tournament, but Iwas happy with our effort the entire day.”

Billy Trevillyan (Flight 1 singles) and Lucas Mutschelknaus (Flight 6) both won their first two matches en route to playing for their flight titles.

Trevillyan made easy work of Brookings’ Baylor Dobbs in the opener, defeating him 10-1. He then sidelined Pierre’s Nathan Ellenbecker 10-7, which set the stage for his title match against Watertown’s Jordan Feige, who played well and capitalized on any mistake Trevillyan made in the 10-3 match.

“Sometimes you just get beat by someone who is playing really well and that is what Billy ran into,” Schlekeway said. “I think it will be a good learning experience as we head into state.”

Mutschelknaus battled it out in his championship match against Aberdeen Central’s Jesse Margolies, who pulled off the 10-8 victory. “Lucas is peaking at the right time as he seems to be getting better each week,” Schlekeway said. “This match easily could have gone his way but Margolies just pulled out a lot of big points.”

The Lynx underclassmen opened the tournament with a dominating 10-2 victory over Matt Johnson of Huron, and then bested Watertown’s Matt Gauger 10-6.

Cooper Baltzer rebounded from a tough opening round match to win the consolation championship at Flight 5 singles. Baltzer moved to the consolation bracket after losing 10-6 to Pierre’s Peyton Jones. In consolation play, he defeated John Fanta of Yankton 8-0 and then posted an 8-5 victory over Jeremy Shaffer of Brookings.

“He played much better in the second and third rounds,” Schlekeway pointed out. “Overall, we needed a little more consistency and that is what we will focus on the next three days of practice.”

Team points – Watertown 386, Mitchell 266, Pierre 171, Aberdeen Central 129, Brandon Valley 119, Yankton 107, Huron 37, Brookings 13.

Lynx results
Flight 1 singles: Billy Trevillyan (BV) def. Baylor Dobbs (Brk) 10-1; Trevillyan def. Nathan Ellenbecker (P) 10-7; Championship – Jordan Feige (Wat) def. Trevillyan 10-3.

Flight 2 singles: Joey Crompton (AC) def. Drake VanEgdom (BV) 11-9; Consolation – VanEgdom def. Vlad Chilom (Brk) 8-3; Connor Shoop (P) def. VanEgdom 8-3.

Flight 3 singles: Mark Despiegler (Wat) def. Nathan Mutschelknaus (BV) 10-0; Consolation – Adam Zimmerman (AC) def. Mutschelknaus 8-2.

Flight 4 singles: Tommy Nealon (Wat) def. Austin Sadler (BV) 10-2; Consolation – Sadler def. Devon Carroll (H) 8-4; Jason Shindler (Y) def. Sadler 8-0.

Flight 5 singles: Peyton Jones (P) def. Cooper Baltzer (BV) 10-6; Consolation: Baltzer def. John Fanta (Y) 8-0; Baltzer def. Jeremy Shaffer (Brk) 8-5.

Flight 6 singles: Lucas Mutschelknaus (BV) def. Matt Johnson (H) 10-2; Mutschelknaus def. Matt Gauger (Wat) 10-6; Championship – Jesse Margolies (AC) def. Mutschelknaus 10-8.

Flight 1 doubles: Ellenbecker-Hanson (P) def. Trevillyan-Sadler 10-3; Consolation - Trevillyan-Sadler def. Dobbs-Chilom (Brk) 10-1; Trevillyan-Sadler def. Cersosimo-Crago (M) 8-6.

Flight 2 doubles: Jensen-Frick (Y) def. Werhrkamp-VanEgdom 10-6; Consolation – Wehrkamp-VanEgdom def. Crawford-Bien (Brk) 8-5; Zimmerman-Grandbois (AC) def. Wehrkmap-VanEgdom 8-6.

Flight 3 doubles: Baltzer-Mutschelknaus (BV) def. Caroll-Sterret (H) 10-2; Vanderweide-Gauger (W) def. Baltzer-Mutschelknaus 10-8; Third place – Baltzer-Mutschelknaus def. Shindler-J. Fanta (Y) 8-2.

Lynx senior Tanner Wehrkamp (Flight 3 singles) dropped a 10-4 loss to Yankton's Brandon Frick Tuesday in a home triangular with Mitchell as well. The Lynx defeated the Bucks and lost to the Kernels. For more photos of Lynx tennis, see the photo gallery. Photo by Jill Meier

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