There's a commonly held belief in sports that you never complain about a W, and Sauk Prairie prep boys tennis coach Paul Bishop didn't April 27.

Bishop didn't pass on the opportunity to offer a bit of constructive criticism, either.

"Outcomes were positive," he said after the host Eagles earned straight-set wins in all seven flights of a Badger North Conference win over Portage. "And the processes need some tweaking."

In other words, "how we went about winning - we simply have to work on being stronger," Bishop said, pointing to the need to land a higher percentage of first serves in play across the board and the need for doubles teams to do a better job of keeping the ball away from the net man as points of emphasis.

"Just in general, (we need to have) a little bit more patience in constructing a point," he added.

Back to the positive outcomes, though.

Austin Nolden defeated Alex Firari 6-1, 6-1 in the top singles flight and Eren Shultz earned a 6-0, 6-1 win over John Marcouiller at No. 3, while Dustin Lang and Kevin Troestler's 6-2, 6-0 win over Jay Kelley and Ian Taylor at No. 3 rounded out highlight wins for Sauk Prairie.

With the win, the Eagles improve to 1-1 with two Badger North meets to go behind conference leading Waunakee (3-0).

Singles: Austin Nolden def. Firari, 6-1, 6-1; Dylan Mack def. Mills, 6-1, 6-2; Eren Shultz def. Marcouiller, 6-0, 6-1; Sterling Walsh def. Stone, 6-3, 6-4. Doubles: Erik Meyer-Kandphop Markkongkaew def. Tetzlaff-Moan, 6-4, 7-5; Kevin Kirk-Mitch Fiene def. Neale-(Lund-Knill), 6-1, 6-3; Dustin Lang-Kevin Troestler def. Kelley-Taylor, 6-2, 6-0.

Janesville Quadrangular

Sauk Prairie lost only two games and five sets while winning all three duals it played May 1 at a quadrangular hosted by Janesville Craig.

The Eagles swept all seven flights in wins over Milton and Elkhorn and lost only at Nos. 2 and 3 singles in a 5-2 win over Craig.

"All in all, it was a pretty strong showing," Eagles' coach Paul Bishop said two days later.

Austin Nolden, the Eagles' top singles player, defeated Milton's Matt Shultz and Craig's Stewart Winters without losing a single game and earned a 2-0, 2-0 default win against Elkhorn because it didn't compete at No. 1 singles.

Meanwhile, Sterling Walsh won a tiebreaker, 10 points to eight, over Craig's Derek Masters for a 2-6, 6-1 win to finish 3-0 at No. 4 singles.

Erik Meyer and Kanphop Markkonkaew defeated Milton's Jared Matchette and Corey Singer 13 points to 11 in a tiebreaker for a 6-3, 1-6 win at No. 1 doubles, and none of the Eagles' other doubles teams lost a set on the day.

Eren Shultz was leading Elkhorn's Eric Bain 4-1 in the first set when Bain had to leave because of prom, and Shultz earned a 4-1, 2-0 win.

Sauk Prairie 7, Milton 0

Singles: Austin Nolden def. Schulz, 6-0, 6-0; Dylan Mack def. Fassl, 6-0, 6-1; Eren Shultz def. Lee, 7-5, 6-1; Sterling Walsh def. Lunder, 6-3, 6-2. Doubles: Erik Meyer-Kandphop Markkongkaew def. Matchette-Singer, 6-3, 1-6 (13-11); Kevin Kirk-Mitch Fiene def. Meyer-Banh, 6-2, 6-1; Dustin Lang-Kevin Troestler def. Mehlert-Hecimovich, 6-4, 7-6(4).

Sauk Prairie 5, Janesville Craig 2

Singles: Austin Nolden, Sauk Prairie, def. Winters, 6-0, 6-0; Neher, Janesville Craig, def. Dylan Mack, 6-7(5), 7-6(7) (10-7); Wedtland, Janesville Craig, def. Eren Shultz, 6-3, 6-3; Sterling Walsh, Sauk Prairie, def. Masters, 2-6, 6-1 (10-8). Doubles: Erik Meyer-Kandphop Markkongkaew, Sauk Prairie, def. McCrane-Fredricks, 6-2, 6-2; Kevin Kirk-Mitch Fiene, Sauk Prairie, def. Liperti-Harden, 6-1, 6-3; Dustin Lang-Kevin Troestler, Sauk Prairie, def. Hayden-Stottler, 6-4, 6-1.

Sauk Prairie 7, Milton 0

Singles: Austin Nolden won by default, 2-0, 2-0; Dylan Mack def. Fink, 6-1, 6-1; Eren Shultz def. Bain, 4-1, 2-0; Sterling Walsh def. Baumann, 6-0, 6-1. Doubles: Erik Meyer-Kandphop Markkongkaew def. Radonski-Krott, 6-0, 6-0; Kevin Kirk-Mitch Fiene def. Amann-Meylink, 6-1, 6-0; Dustin Lang-Kevin Troestler def. Blesing-Khan, 6-0, 6-1.

Sauk Prairie 7, Stoughton 0

The winds, which gusted up to 30 mph out of the south on April 29, certainly weren't the ideal conditions for tennis.

Fortunately for Sauk Prairie, though, it took some time the day before to prepare.

"We had done a drill to address foot movement," Eagles' coach Paul Bishop said a day after his team visited Stoughton for a non-conference dual meet. "Playing in the wind, that's very important - take smaller steps, keep your feet moving until you're in the right position."

And it paid off. The Eagles had little trouble with the Vikings, winning all seven flights in straight sets without allowing more than three points in a single set.

"The focus was there, and you need to be more focused in the wind," Bishop said. "I was happy with the way they were able to do that in pretty trying conditions."

Eren Shultz didn't lose a game in his win over Thor Jeppson at No. 3 singles while Austin Nolden improved to 7-2 with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Mike Palmer in the top singles flight.

Singles: Austin Nolden def. Palmer, 6-1, 6-0; Dylan Mack def. Jackson, 6-2, 6-0; Eren Shultz def. Jeppson, 6-0, 6-0; Sterling Walsh def. Thunell, 6-1, 6-1. Doubles: Erik Meyer-Kandphop Markkongkaew def. Opheim-Evans, 6-3, 6-3; Kevin Kirk-Mitch Fiene def. Schultz-Leroy, 6-2, 6-3; Dustin Lang-Kevin Troestler def. Sharp-Clerkin, 6-3, 6-0.

 

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