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Central sweeps final duals in Rapid City

Aberdeen Central’s Gabe Goetz looks to return a volley during a practice match Monday at the Holgate Middle School tennis courts. Goetz played a role in three victories (one singles and two doubles) on Saturday in Rapid City. Photo by John Davis

RAPID CITY – Aberdeen Central found itself in some close battles on Saturday and pulled out a pair of tennis victories. The Golden Eagles doubled up Rapid City Christian 6-3 and upended Spearfish 8-1.

Central was involved in three super tiebreakers on the day as well as five tiebreakers.

As was the case during their five duals this past weekend, the Eagles were solid in doubles winning all six matches.

“That’s kind of what stood out throughout the day is how well our doubles played,” said Central Coach Trent Kurtz. “For the first time in years, our doubles is ahead of our singles at this point in the year.”

Kurtz pointed out the number three doubles match against Rapid City Christian where Henry Fouberg and Sekou Gogue rallied from a set down to pull out a victory.

“Henry and Sekou had a really good comeback. Lost the first set, just didn’t play very well, had to many errors, but they stayed positive and kept competing and then played really aggressive and really well in both tie breaks,” Kurtz said. “They won a lot of points by being aggressive up at the net. So that was really good to see.”

It was just the opposite in a pair of singles matches against Christian, however, where the Eagles dropped a pair of matches after winning the opening set.

“One of the takeaways from the day was we have to handle some adversity, handle some failure, some frustration a little better,” Kurtz said. “When we lost the momentum losing those second set tiebreaks, we didn’t do a very good job of bouncing back in the super breakers.”

Kurtz said the doubles was again a positive in the dual with Spearfish.

“Henry was pretty spent by the end of the day,” Kurtz said. “He had a long singles match against Spearfish and he was able to bounce back and play well in that doubles match.”

The Eagles are now 4-1 on the season and have a week off before returning to action. Kurtz said the five matches gives the team a good gauge to see where its at.

“We have some things we need to work on. We have to become more consistent from the baseline. We made way too many errors and the other teams were a little more consistent than us today, but we know what we have to work on,” Kurtz said. “That’s what’s so nice about playing those five matches; we get the match experience, plus we get to see where we are, what are weaknesses are, what our strengths are and now we have a week to work on our weaknesses.”

Aberdeen Central 6, Rapid City Christian 3

SINGLES

Noah Greni, RCC, def. Gabe Goetz, 6-4, 6-2.

Joe Schneller, RCC, def. Zach Gonsor, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-6.

Ian Ahlberg, AC, def. Andrew Dobbs, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2.

Lincoln Wilkinson, AC, def. Noah Geyer, 6-1, 6-0.

Jack Hancock, RCC, def. Henry Fouberg, 3-6, 7-6, 10-8.

Brett Jacobs, AC, def. Henry Beckloff, 7-6, default.

DOUBLES

Goetz-Gonsor, AC, def. Greni-Schneller, 6-1, 7-5.

Ahlberg-Wilkinson, AC, def. Dobbs-Geyer, 6-1, 6-1.

Fouberg-Sekou Gogue, AC, def. Hancock-Beckloff, 3-6, 7-6, 10-4.

Aberdeen Central 8, Spearfish 1

SINGLES

Gabe Goetz, AC, def. Ty Sieber, 10-0.

Zach Gonsor, AC, def. Bridger Meyer, 10-0.

Ian Ahlberg, AC, def. Rudy Isburg, 10-1.

Lincoln Wilkinson, AC, def. Jensen Damberg, 10-2.

Brock Bacon, S, def. Henry Fouberg, 10-5.

Brett Jacobs, AC, def. Will Becker, 10-2.

DOUBLES

Goetz-Gonsor, AC, def. Sieber-Isburg, 10-4.

Ahlberg-Wilkinson, AC, def. Damberg-Bacon, 10-2.

Fouberg-Sekou Gogue, AC, def. Meyer-Becker, 10-5.

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