The Tomah High School boys tennis team dropped a 4-3 Mississippi Valley Conference decision to Sparta Thursday and then tied for second in the four-team Tomah Quadrangular Saturday at LaGrange Elementary School.
Tomah won two of the three doubles matches against Sparta, but the Spartans swept 2-4 singles to notch the victory.
Noah Nick was the only singles winner for Tomah. He defeated Patrick Wagner in two hotly contested sets.
“Once Noah got his shots under control he was able to win,” Tomah coach Andrew Johnson said.
Johnson was forced to shuffle his lineup in the absence of number-one doubles player Jarrett Knoepker, who was sidelined by an illness. Tyler Dechant, who had anchored Tomah’s number-four singles slot, replaced Knoepker and teamed with Dylen Pierce to win in straight sets.
“They had to work out some kinks in the first set but dominated in the second,” Johnson said.
Danny Amberg filled Dechant’s spot at number-four singles and lost a razor-thin decision in his varsity debut.
“The highlight of the night was seeing Danny Amberg come up from jayvee and play some great tennis,” Johnson said. “He was in it but just couldn’t finish it out when he needed to.”
Tomah’s other victory came at number-three doubles, where Caleb McNutt and James Kelley notched an easy victory.
“Jim and Caleb overpowered their opponents and played some of their most solid tennis,” Johnson said.
Tomah’s record fell 1-4 in the MVC and 5-6 overall.
Marshfield dominated the quadrangular, which was conducted in a tournament format with the first-round winners paired against each other in the finals and first-round losers paired in the consolation bracket.
The Timberwolves lost all seven of their first-round matches but bounced back to win five of the seven consolation bouts.
Luke Grygleski was the Tomah player who came closest to winning two matches. He split his first two sets against Marshfield’s Jared Cordova before losing a super tiebreaker. He then defated Joe Smallidge of New Richmond in straight sets.
“Grygleski probably played some of his best tennis of all year (Saturday),” Johnson said.
Zach Jorgensen made his varsity debut at number-four singles and split his two matches.
“Jorgensen was the next man up today, and he played well,” Johnson said. “He was a little outmatched against New Richmond but found his ground while playing against Viroqua.”
Marshfield won 13 of 14 matches to finish first in the team standings. Team scores: Marshfield 26, Tomah 10, New Richmond 10, Viroqua 3.
The quadrangular was Tomah’s final home match of the season.
The Timberwolves wrap up the MVC season with a trip to La Crosse Logan to complete a suspended match from May 3.
The MVC tournament is Thursday, May 17 in La Crosse. Singles will be played at UW-La Crosse and doubles at Logan High School.
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