BROOKINGS – Aberdeen Central won one dual and dropped two others during their final tune-up before the Eastern South Dakota Conference tennis tournament next week.
The Golden Eagles blanked Brookings 9-0, and fell to Yankton and Huron by 6-3 margins at a quadrangular on Friday.
It was Central’s first look at Yankton this spring.
“They’re very good,” said Central coach Trent Kurtz. “Scrappy, competitors, very talented all through their lineup, 1-6.”
The Eagles started the day by playing Brookings for the first time all season. Central ended the day by facing Huron, one of the top teams in the ESD.
“They are very good. Definitely the best team they’ve had in a long time,” Kurtz said of Huron. “They’re definitely a threat to win (ESD) next week; maybe one of the favorites.”
A trio of players, Zach Gonsor, Lincoln Wilkinson and Brett Jacobs, all went 3-0 in singles on the day.
Gonsor did not run into much trouble at number two singles.
“Zach played really well,” Kurtz said. “He was in control pretty much every match he played.”
Wilkinson had a pair of noteworthy matches, defeating foes from Yankton and Huron, both 11-9.
“Every match is unbelievable,” Kurtz said of Wilkinson. “He saved three match points against Yankton. He’s a great competitor.”
Jacobs had a tough match against Huron, before pulling it out 10-8. Kurtz said all the players were tired, but Jacobs battled through it.
“Brett is definitely a guy that did compete. He was tired at the end, but he’s a cross-country guy,” Kurtz said. “He scrapped and clawed that last match to pull out a win.”
The ESD tourney is set for Tuesday in Harrisburg. It is one of the premier events on the Central schedule.
“That’s the one thing we talk about all year long. For six weeks we’ve been talking about that day,” Kurtz said. “All of our singles are playing well. Our doubles not so much. We have to improve our doubles if want to have a chance to be up in the standings on Tuesday.”
Aberdeen Central 9, Brookings 0
Gabe Goetz, AC, def. Micah Ardry, 11-9.
Zach Gonsor, AC, def. Dawson Peters, 10-6.
Ian Ahlberg, AC, def. Derek Brallier, 10-1.
Lincoln Wilkinson, AC, def. Ayden Asche, 10-1.
Henry Fouberg, AC, def. Aditya Tummala, 10-0.
Brett Jacobs, AC, def. Braylon Peters, 10-5.
Goetz-Gonsor, AC, def. Ardry-D. Peters, 10-3.
Ahlberg-Wilkinson, AC, def. Brallier-Asche, 10-1.
Fouberg-Jacobs, AC, def. Tummala-B. Peters, 10-1.
Yankton 6, Aberdeen Central 3
Gage Becker, Y, def. Gabe Goetz, 10-2.
Zach Gonsor, AC, def. Keaton List, 10-4.
Zac Briggs, Y, def. Ian Ahlberg, 10-6.
Lincoln Wilkinson, AC, def. Ryan Schulte, 11-9.
Harrison Krujewski, Y, def. Henry Fouberg, 10-3.
Brett Jacobs, AC, def. Dylan Ridgeway, 10-5.
Becker-Quentin Moser, Y, def. Goetz-Gonsor, 10-6.
List-Schulte, Y, def. Ahlberg-Wilkinson, 11-10 (7-4).
Briggs-Krujewski, Y, def. Fouberg-Jacobs, 10-4.
Huron 6, Aberdeen Central 3
Eh Dah, H, def. Gabe Goetz, 10-4.
Zach Gonsor, H, def. Eh Kalu, 10-5.
Roger Puterbaugh, H, def. Sekou Gogue, 10-2.
Lincoln Wilkinson, AC, def. Moo Sher Say, 11-9.
Hay Klu Moo Taw, H, def. Henry Fouberg, 10-4.
Brett Jacobs, AC, def. Lay Kpaw Wah, 10-8.
Dah-Kalu, H, def. Goetz-Gonsor, 10-7.
Puterbaugh-Sher Say, H, def. Wilkinson-Gogue, 10-6.
Klu Moo Taw-Kpaw Wah, H, def. Fouberg-Jacobs, 11-9.
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