The Milbank boys tennis team was short-handed April 19, but the underclassmen stepped up to the challenge when the Bulldogs met Lac Qui Parle Valley at Cantine Courts in Milbank. One junior, two sophomores, two freshmen, and an eighth grader filled out the varsity roster and did a great job despite the 6-3 loss.
“I was very pleased with our efforts against upperclassmen opponents,” stated Bulldog head coach Jim Dahl. “Three of the six losses were very close and could have gone either way.”
Eighth grader Max McCulloch was a double winner at the number five singles and number two doubles positions. “Max continues to show improvement,” noted Dahl. Mitch Quade secured a solid win at the number three singles spot. “Mitch did a nice job of being consistent and choosing opportunities to pick up the pace.” Connor VanVooren teamed up with McCulloch in the doubles victory for the Bulldogs.
Complete results from Tuesday’s match:
Milbank 3, Lac Qui Parle Valley, MN 6
1. Adam Thomas fell to Jess Hansen, 10-1; 2. Mitch Quade defeated Eli Weber, 10-6; 3. Connor VanVooren lost to Ryan Borstad, 10-6; 4. Ethan Bohn dropped to Cody Mckesson, 10-1; 5. Max McCulloch won over Trevor Sigdahl, 10-3; 6. David Basilio fell to Hunter Olson, 11-9.
1. Thomas/Quade fell to Hansen/Weber, 10-3; 2. VanVooren/McCulloch defeated Sigdahl/Olson, 10-8; 3. Bohn/Basilio lost to Kain Matthies/Colton Kostad, 10-6.
Milbank JV 2, LQPV JV 7
Junior Varsity Singles
1. Matt Lenards and Conrad Mathies, did not play; 2. Chris Loutsch fell to Blake Buer, 3-2 (rained out); 3. Riley Folk lost to Gavin Olson, 6-3; 4. Noah Pillatzki dropped to Jeraso Parsa, 5-4 (rained out); 5. Ethan Paysen fell to Clete Schilling, 6-4; 6. Nathan Loutsch lost to Jake Lee, 6-0; 7. Zach Aker won over Donny Bothun, 6-2.
Junior Varsity Doubles
1. Folk/Pillatzki fell to Mathies/Buer, 8-6; 2. Lenards/C. Loutsch defeated Olson/Parsa, 8-6; 3. Paysen/N. Loutsch lost to Bothun/Jak Won, 6-1; 4. Aker/James Weber fell to Schilling/Lee, 6-2.