The Milbank High School boys tennis team wrapped up its regular season with several recent matches. The locals hosted Aberdeen Roncalli Monday, May 8, and Sioux Falls Christian, Thursday, May 11. The team battled the Bulldogs from Madison Saturday, May 13, to finish out the season with a road match.
The Dawgs will take part in the state tennis tournament Thursday, May 18, through Saturday, May 20, in Sioux Falls and Brandon.
Milbank 0, Aberdeen Roncalli 9
The Bulldogs battled the Aberdeen Roncalli Cavaliers Monday, May 8, and fell 9-0 at Cantine Courts. “Roncalli has some very solid players that do an excellent job of keeping their strokes deep into the court and waiting for opponents to miss-hit and give them a short ball or floater that they take advantage of,” explained Milbank head coach Jim Dahl. “We had a lot of really nice rallies in many situations, but could not sustain that throughout the match as well as they did.”
Connor VanVooren fell to Isaiah Vilhauer, 6-1, 6-0; 2. Moritz Wortmann lost to Lucas Goetz, 6-1, 6-0; 3. David Basilio dropped to Austin Kokales, 6-1, 6-0; 4. Marcos Basilio fell to Joseph Goetz, 6-0, 6-0; 5. Nathan Loutsch lost to Colton Hellwig, 6-0, 6-0; 6. Caden Ebsen dropped to Spencer Titos, 6-1, 6-1.
VanVooren/Wormann fell to Vilhauer/L. Goetz, 6-0, 6-0; 2. Basilio/Basilio lost to Kokales/J. Goetz, 6-0, 6-1; 3. Loutsch/Ebsen dropped to Hellwig/Titos, 6-0, 6-3.
Milbank 1, Sioux Falls Christian 8
Milbank hosted Sioux Falls Christian Thursday, May 11, at Cantine Courts and improved their play against the Chargers. “Our guys battled them more competitively this time around,” noted Coach Dahl.
David Basilio avenged an earlier loss by winning in straight sets at his number three singles position. “David really does a nice job of keeping his strokes deep in his opponent’s court and maintaining consistency,” Dahl mentioned. “Connor VanVooren, Marcos Basilio and Moritz Wortmann also did well to extend many points with more consistent play in singles.”
Connor VanVooren fell to Logan Aukes, 6-3, 6-2; 2. Moritz Wortmann lost to Connor McElroy, 6-4, 6-3; 3. David Basilio defeated Andrew Unruh, 6-4, 6-4; 4. Marcos Basilio dropped to Slava Znulln, 6-3, 6-2; 5. Nathan Loutsch fell to Austin Prins, 6-2, 6-1; 6. Ethan Bohn lost to Dylan Vanruler, 6-3 injury default. Exhibition matches – Keaton Hagen fell to Elijah Bird, 8-2; Caden Ebsen won over Levi DeWitt, 8-3; Angel Chen fell to Dan Luschen, 7-5; Joe Harstad dropped to Nick Otto, 8-5.
VanVooren/Wortmann fell to Aukes/McElroy, 6-1, 6-1; 2. Basilio/Basilio lost to Unruh/Zhulln, 7-6 (3), 6-1; 3. Loutsch/Bohn dropped to Prins/Bird, 6-0, 6-0. Exhibition matches – Hagen/Ebsen fell to Vanruler/DeWitt, 9-7; Jose Chen/Angel Chen won over Luschen/Otto, 8-5.
Milbank 4, Madison 5
Milbank traveled to Madison Saturday, May 13, for a triangular. Milbank fell by the narrow margin of 5-4 to Madison and 9-0 to St. Thomas More in their final regular season matches.
VanVooren was the double winner on the day in the Madison match. He teamed up with Ebsen at number one doubles to secure a 10-1 victory. “With the number one’s winning, we needed one of the last two doubles to get a team win,” explained Dahl. “They were very hard fought battles, but to Madison’s credit, they closed those out to take the team win.”
Dahl went on to say that St. Thomas More has a solid team. “I was pleased with how our guys fought to keep the ball in play,” he commented. “It seemed like when we were really playing well and hitting shots that would normally close out points for us, they would make amazing gets and keep the points going. They would regain control and outlast us.”
Milbank 4, Madison 5
Connor VanVooren defeated Chase Zingmark, 10-3; 2. Caden Ebsen fell to Derek Biersbach, 10-3; 3. David Basilio won over Blake Kennington, 10-6; 4. Marcos Basilio lost to David Pimentel, 10-4; 5. Nathan Loutsch dropped to Bryce Eimers, 10-4; 6. Keaton Hagen downed Jerron Dejabet, 10-2. Exhibition matches – Angel Chen defeated Nick Kessler, 8-6; Angel Chen won over Tim Heuth, 8-6.
VanVooren/Ebsen won over Zingmark/Kessler, 10-1; 2. Basilio/Basilio fell to Kennington/Dejabetl, 10-6; 3. Loutsch/Hagen lost to Pimentel/Eimers, 10-8.
Milbank 0, St. Thomas More 9
Connor VanVooren fell to Chase Thurness, 10-2; 2. Caden Ebsen lost to Nick Lust, 10–0; 3. David Basilio dropped to Will Raymond, 10-1; 4. Marcos Basilio fell to Max Vetch, 10-0; 5. Nathan Loutsch lost to Brady Evans, 10-2; 6. Keaton Hagen dropped to Cullen Hill, 10-0. Exhibition matches – Angel Chen defeated Matthew Rowland, 6-3; Angel Chen fell to Grant Casey, 6-3; Angel Chen lost to Luther Nielson, 3-2 (time limit).
VanVooren/Ebsen fell to Thurness/Vetch, 10-0; 2. Basilio/Basilio lost to Lust/Raymond, 10-1; 3. Loutsch/Hagen dropped to Evans/Hill, 10-4.
Pictured is Nathan Loutsch.