For the second time in a week, Mauston squared off against West Salem in a dual meet. And for the second time of the week, the Golden Eagles emerged victorious.
The Golden Eagles cruised to a 6-1 win over West Salem Friday, May 10 at Lions Park in Mauston. Four days earlier, they had scored a 5-2 dual meet win over the Panthers in Mauston.
“We played these guys on Monday,” said Mauston head coach Derek Felska. “One thing I told my kids was … use what worked on Monday and let’s do that right away and go right after their weaknesses. I think that helped us in a lot of ways.”
In No. 2 singles, junior Jaimin Davis beat West Salem sophomore Breezy Hofmeister 6-0, 6-1. After junior Justin Johnson breezed past West Salem junior Isaak Glick 6-0 in the first set of their No. 3 singles match, Glick retired to hand Johnson the win. In No. 4 singles, Mauston sophomore Zach Lund beat freshman Weston Gerke 6-4, 7-6.
In No. 1 doubles, Mauston senior Brandon Langer and junior Josh Eckerman took care of West Salem seniors Matthew Baldwin and Dagon Hemker 6-1, 6-2. Seniors Jonathan Leandro-Scheppa and Mathew Skiles defeated West Salem seniors Nick Noelke and Nick Stachowitz in a tight two sets 7-5, 6-4 in No. 2 doubles. Mauston sophomores Kyle Hadac and Ryle Kobylski swept freshman Nels Lebakken and sophomore Briley Larson 6-1, 6-2 in their No. 3 doubles match.
West Salem’s sole win of the afternoon came in No. 1 singles, where freshman Jack Hehli topped Garrett Neve 6-2, 6-0.
The only difference in results between the Monday and Friday meets were the Lund-Gerke matches. On Monday, Gerke had outlasted Lund 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Friday’s dual meet win continued a busy stretch of tennis for the team, which Felska believes has been a boon for his team’s performance.
“Our kids have really come around. We’ve been playing a lot of tennis lately. This is our sixth match in the last seven school days,” he said. “It’s been a lot of match play. We haven’t had a lot of practice, so it’s all been learning on the court. But it’s been good. This is where you want to be as you get close to the subsectionals.”
The Golden Eagles will close out their regular season with an invitational that gets underway Thursday, May 16 at 10 a.m. in Black River Falls. Viroqua, West Salem and Black River Falls will all compete at the meet as well.
Postseason play kicks off with their WIAA Division 2 subsectional meet Monday, May 20 at 9 a.m. in West Salem.