Doubles play made the difference between Badger North Conference rivals Baraboo and Reedsburg Tuesday night.
The Thunderbirds took three of the four singles matches, but it didn’t matter, as the visiting Beavers swept doubles play to pull out a 4-3 Badger North Conference boys tennis win.
“Reedsburg has some nice doubles teams,” Baraboo coach Karll Kruse said. “We could have used a win somewhere in varsity doubles. I don’t think we scratched the surface of how good we can play at No. 1.”
The Beavers won all three doubles matches in straight sets, starting with Jacob Gesteland and Logan Benseman’s 6-2, 6-3 win over Keaton Thomte and Jakob Lemke at No. 1 doubles. Tom Koenig and Max Harsch added a 6-0, 6-2 win over Kevin Schuster and John Goeckerman at No. 2 doubles, while Victor Coro and Alex Woodruff notched a 6-0, 6-1 win over Augie Sorci and Charlie Watson at No. 3 doubles.
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Baraboo fared well in singles play, taking the top three flights. Liam Arbogast picked up a 6-4, 6-4 win over Noah Hulse at No. 1 singles, while Graham Langkamp added a 6-2, 6-1 win over Brett Bolt at No. 2 singles and Ryan Lawrence earned a 6-4, 6-0 win over Isaac Peterson at No. 3 singles.
Freshman Anthony Buss picked up the lone singles win for Reedsburg, notching a 6-1, 6-2 win over Brayden Turner at No. 4 singles.
Tuesday was the final tuneup for the Badger Conference meet, which will be held Friday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.
Singles: Arbogast, B, def. Hulse, 6-4, 6-4; Langkamp, B, def. Bolt, 6-2, 6-1; Lawrence, B, def. Peterson, 6-4, 6-0; Buss, R, def. Turner, 6-1, 6-2. Doubles: Gesteland/Benseman, R, def. Thomte/Lemke, 6-2, 6-3; Koenig/Harsch, R, def. Schuster/Goeckerman, 6-0, 6-2; Coro/Woodruff, R, def. Sorci/Watson, 6-0, 6-1.