The Milbank Bulldog boys tennis team battled two tough teams during the Brandon Valley Triangular Thursday, April 21, and fell to 1-8 on the season. Milbank dropped 9-0 in both matches to Brandon Valley and Sioux Falls Lincoln.
“Brandon is noted for very aggressive doubles play with exceptional volleying ability,” explained Milbank head tennis coach Jim Dahl. “They proved it in our first round of the day. We were only able to get four games in the top three doubles matches.”
Noah Pillatzki and David Basilio played a competitive match in an exhibition doubles match narrowing falling 4-6. At number three singles, Mitch Quade had a strong showing but was edged out 4-6, 3-6. “His serve and ground strokes are showing marked improvement in the pace and consistency areas,” mentioned Dahl. “I was pleased with our players battling hard and winning 16 games through the singles play.
“Number one rated Sioux Falls Lincoln lived up to their billing,” stated Dahl. “They really have a solid team with some of the best sportsmanship and quality people exhibited throughout the state. Our guys worked to extend points, but they had an answer for every situation. You just have to tip your hat to that opponent and applaud their outstanding play.” Lincoln is the two-time defending state champion and appear on task for another top finish, according to Dahl.
Milbank will now face both Aberdeen Roncalli and Central along with Brookings and Vermillion next week. “Our goal is to take improved play into those match ups and compete at a higher level than any time earlier this season.”
Following are the results from the Brandon Valley Triangular:
Milbank 0, Brandon Valley 9
1. Adam Thomas fell to Matt Schmitz, 6-1, 6-0; 2. Riley Folk lost to Mason Blue, 6-2, 6-1; 3. Mitch Quade dropped to Jack Talcot, 6-4, 6-3; 4. Max McCulloch fell to Braden Roegiers, 6-0, 6-0; 5. Connor VanVooren lost to Joel Kocer, 6-2, 6-3; 6. Ethan Bohn dropped to Dylan Tyree, 6-0, 6-0.
1. Thomas/Folk fell to Blue/Roegiers, 6-2, 6-0; 2. Quade/McCulloch lost to Talcot/Schmitz, 6-0, 6-2; 3. VanVooren/Bohn dropped to Kocer/Carson Mork, 6-0, 6-0.
Noah Pillatzki fell to Carson Mork, 6-1, 6-0; David Basilio lost to Grant Ellis, 6-2, 6-1; Pillatzki/Basilio dropped to Tyree/Ellis, 6-4, 6-0.
Milbank 0, SF Lincoln 9
1. Adam Thomas fell to Kaleb Dobbs, 6-0, 6-0; 2. Riley Folk lost to Sam Dobbs, 6-0, 6-0; 3. Mitch Quade dropped to Arjun Choudhry, 6-1, 6-1; 4. Max McCulloch fell to Aiden DeBoer, 6-1, 6-0; 5. Connor VanVooren lost to Graham Leonard, 6-0, 6-0; 6. Ethan Bohn dropped to Aiden Hartwig, 6-0, 6-1.
1. Thomas/Folk fell to Dobbs/Dobbs, 6-0, 6-0; 2. Quade/McCulloch lost to Choudhry/DeBoer, 6-0, 6-0; 3. VanVooren/Bohn dropped to Leonard/Hartwig, 6-0, 6-1.
Noah Pillatzki fell to Akshay Choudhry, 6-0, 6-1; David Basilio lost to Tommy Jensen, 6-0, 6-0; Pillatzki/Basilio dropped to Choudhry/Jensen, 6-0, 6-0.