The Viroqua boys tennis team topped itself from last week, advancing No. 1 singles player Colman Melcher and the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams to the Division 2 tennis sectional at Black River Falls, Wednesday.
At the D2 subsectionals at the UW-La Crosse tennis courts, Monday, the Blackhawks won six of the seven first-round matches and finished third behind Aquinas and Pacelli.
“I am very proud of the accomplishments this team has made this year,” Viroqua boys tennis coach Layne Hanson said.
Melcher advanced to sectionals, defeating Assumption’s Andrew Tiernan, 6-1, 6-1.
Likewise, Viroqua’s No. 1 doubles team of Shawn Achenbach and Malachy Koons handily won over the No. 1 team from Portage, 6-1, 6-2, and the doubles team of Wyatt Oldham and Brady Seland eliminated Pacelli’s No. 2 doubles team in three sets and then won their second match, 6-2, 6-1, over their Black River Falls opponents.
“They played really smart and aggressive tennis in this match, not giving Black River Falls’ team a chance to get any momentum,” Hanson said.
Oldham and Seland took a comfortable lead in the match before winning.
The Hawks’ No. 3 doubles team of Zach Lotz and Jeremiah Green won their first match, 6-4, 6-3, but fell to Pacelli, 6-3, 6-1.
No. 2 singles player Matt Bomkamp and No. 4 singles player Chris Amrhein won their first-round subsectional matches. Bomkamp defeated Sparta’s John Lodico, 6-1, 6-3, while Amrhein dominated Assumption’s Clay Tubbs, 6-0, 6-2.
Bomkamp and Amrhein ran into tough competition in their second round. Bomkamp fell, 6-2, 6-0, to Aquinas’ Sam Steingraber, while Amrhein fell to Pacelli’s No. 4 singles player in the second round.
Building up to Monday’s subsectional, Viroqua won the Black River Falls Invitational, last Thursday, winning all four singles titles and the No. 1 doubles title.
It was an exciting day, Hanson said.
“Winning five of seven flights is a great accomplishment for this team,” Hanson said.
En route to winning the No. 1 singles title at BRF, Melcher only gave up one game in two sets in the match against Tiernan of Assumption, 6-1, 6-0, and had no trouble against Chris Brunner of Mauston, winning 6-0, 6-3.
Bomkamp, too, won his matches in straight sets for the No. 2 singles title, as did Achenbach, playing No. 3 singles.
Bomkamp edged Mauston’s JJ Johnson, 7-6, in the first set and won 6-1 in the second. Bomkamp also took care of BRF’s Ben Sherman 6-1, 6-0.
Hanson said Achenbach was simply too athletic for the other players.
Achenbach defeated Mauston’s Josh Leach 6-1, 6-0 and BRF’s Noah Matousek, 6-2, 6-1.
Chris Amrhein completed the Blackhawks’ singles sweep at BRF winning, 6-3, 6-3, against BRF’s Devin Newby and 6-1, 6-4 in the other match.
Hanson said Amrhein played some of his best tennis that day.
The other highlight from last Thursday was the first-time pairing of brothers Brandon and Jon Haynes this season at No. 3 doubles.
“The brother combo played against a good Black River Falls team in the first round and weren’t able to win that match, but they bounced back nicely in the second match against Assumption,” Hanson said.
Jon Haynes and Brandon Haynes won the first set, 7-5, and came back to win the third set, 6-2, after falling 6-2 in the second.
Earlier last week, Viroqua hosted Sparta, Tuesday, May 14.
The match was eventually suspended due to lightning, but the Blackhawks were already ahead, 4-1, in the matches that were complete.
Bomkamp, who would see Lodico in the tennis subsectional less than a week later, won 6-0, 6-1.
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Hanson said Lodico is one who likes to hit the ball hard, but Bomkamp used his consistency against Lodico’s strength and won the match.
Hanson had Oldham and Seland play No. 1 doubles because of a shoulder injury to Koons.
“They responded well with a 6-1, 6-0 win [and] Shawn Achenbach teamed up with Brandon Haynes at No. 2 doubles to get a 6-3, 6-2 win,” Hanson said.
Viroqua 4, Sparta 1
No. 1: Melcher (V) def. Whitted 6-0, 6-1; No. 2: Bomkamp (V) def. Lodico 6-1, 6-0; No. 3: Lakowske (S) def. J. Haynes 1-6, 6-1, 10-8; No. 4: Suspended;
No. 1: Oldham/Seland (V) def. Degenhardt/Skon 6-1, 6-0; No. 2: Achenbach/B. Haynes (V) def. Mutschler/Whitehead 6-2, 6-3; No. 3: Suspended.
BLACK RIVER FALLS INVITATIONAL
Team results: 1, Viroqua; 2, Black River Falls; 3, Mauston; 4, Wisconsin Rapids Assumption.
No. 1: Melcher (V); No. 2: Bomkamp (V); No. 3: Achenbach (V); No. 4: Amrhein (V).
No. 1: Swank/Reonius (WRA); No. 2: K. Oakes/C. Oakes (BRF); No. 3: Green/Lotz (V).
DIVISION 2 AQUINAS SUBSECTIONAL
Team scores: Aquinas 24, Stevens Point Pacelli 18, Viroqua 14, Portage 8, Black River Falls 6, Sparta 4, Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 2, Mauston 0.
Black River Falls sectional qualifiers
No. 1: Mathy (Aqu), Peterson (Port), Mancheski (SPP), Melcher (V); No. 2: Grygleski (SPP), Steingraeber (Aqu); No. 3: Williams (Aqu), Johnson (Por); No. 4: Doberstein (Aqu), Jensen (SPP).
No. 1: Koons/Achenbach (V), Swank/Roenius (WRA), Stenger/Schneider (Aqu), Klein/Yenter (SPP); No. 2: Meyers/Gundersen (Aqu), Oldham/ Seland (V); No. 3: Ring/Hebel (Aqu), Schwab/ Zdroik (SPP).