The Baraboo prep boys tennis team picked up its first win of the season Saturday, a 4-3 victory over Hartland University Lake School.
But that wasn’t coach Karll Kruse’s main takeaway from his team’s three-dual stay at the Whitewater Invitational.
“It was a good day,” Kruse said. “The minor way is that we won a match. And the major way is we found a couple doubles teams and we grew as a team.
“We’re not necessarily looking at wins and losses at this point. We’re looking at growing.”
One area of the Thunderbirds’ growth came from the No. 1 doubles duo of Ryan Lawrence and Graham Langkamp, who went 3-0 on the day. The juniors led a Baraboo team that suffered a 4-3 loss to Fort Atkinson and a 5-2 loss to Whitewater before closing the day with a 4-3 win over University Lake.
Lawrence and Langkamp won all three of their matches in straight sets, a welcome sign on their first day playing together. Langkamp played the first couple events of the year at No. 4 singles but switched over to doubles Saturday due to necessity, as several T-Birds were gone due to school events or spring break.
“They were like, ‘Yeah, sure, why not,’” Kruse said of asking Lawrence and Langkamp to play together. “Luckily, we have guys that are flexible and do things that we need. ... They played really well. Graham has just the right personality for Ryan and Ryan is just a very good, solid player. ... It’s a nice pairing.”
Doubles play carried Baraboo to the 4-3 win over University Lake. The T-Birds lost three of the four singles matches before sweeping doubles. Keaton Thomte picked up a win at No. 1 singles, while John Goeckerman and Kevin Schuster notched a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 2 doubles and Brice Parchem and Andrew Brooks earned a come-from-behind 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (8) win at No. 3.
Goeckerman and Schuster, also a new pairing for Baraboo, went 2-1 on the day, only dropping a marathon of a three-set match against Whitewater.
“They really played well together,” Kruse said. “They really meshed.”
Every T-Bird won at least one match Saturday, including Jake Lemke’s 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 2 singles against Fort Atkinson and Liam Arbogast’s 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 3 singles against Whitewater.
Baraboo will open Badger North Conference play at home Tuesday against Portage.
FORT ATKINSON 4, BARABOO 3
Singles — Christian, FA, def. Thomte 3-6, 6-4, 12-10, Lemke, B, def. Jensen, 6-4, 6-4, Lehmann, FA, def. Arbogast, 7-5, 6-3, Hamele, FA, won by forfeit. Doubles — Lawrence/Langkamp, B, def. Fenner/Schweiger, 6-4, 7-5, Goeckerman/Schuster, B, def. Gonzales/Worden, 3-6, 6-2, 10-5, Armstrong/Keelty, FA, def. Parchem/Brooks, 6-1, 6-1.
WHITEWATER 5, BARABOO 2
Singles — Spear, W, def. Thomte, 6-3, 6-3. Kaja, W, def. Lemke, 6-3, 6-3. Arbogast, B, def. Kuzoff, 6-3, 6-4. Aguliar, W, won by forfeit. Doubles — Lawrence/Langkamp, B, def. Chenoweth/Kinson, 6-1, 6-0. Wence/Crowley, W, def. Goeckerman/Schuster, 7-6(2), 3-6, 1-0(5). Vo/Bresser, W, def. Parchem/Brooks, 6-1, 6-0.
BARABOO 4, UNIVERSITY LAKE 3
Singles — Thomte, B, def. Muehlmeier 2-0, 2-0. Kresse, UL, def. Lemke 6-2, 6-4. Ehrsam, UL, def. Arbogast, 6-4, 3-6, 1-0(5). Wang, UL, won by forfeit. Doubles — Lawrence/Langkamp, B, def. Bronner/Xia, 6-1, 6-3. Goeckerman/Schuster, B, def. Xu/Yang, 6-0, 6-1. Parchem/Brooks, B, def. Mercado/Liu, 4-6, 6-4, 1-0(8).