Brandywine’s Nate Hechtl returns a shot against Dowagiac at Plym Park Thursday. The Bobcats defeated the Chieftains 6-2. (Leader photo/SCOTT NOVAK)

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Doubles teams lead Bobcats to victory

Published 7:57pm Thursday, September 13, 2012

Host Brandywine swept the doubles flights from Dowagiac at Plym Park Thursday.

The Bobcats split the singles flights to score the 6-2 non-conference tennis win.

Brandywine defeated the Chieftains at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, while Dowagiac defeated the Bobcats at No. 1 and No. 4 singles.

Chance Smith defeated Jon Robinson 6-0 and 6-1 and Tanner Bourdon defeated Austin Jackson 6-0 and 6-1.

Marc Tyrakowski defeated Michael Robbins 6-3 and 7-5 and Ethan Dussel defeated Lukas Hoffman 7-6 and 6-2.

The strength of the Brandywine team so far this year has been its singles players. But Bobcat coach David Sidenbender has been pleased with recent changes to the doubles pairings.

“I was really happy with the doubles,” he said. “We made some changes the last couple of weeks to make them stronger and they came through today. They are getting used to playing with each other and I was real happy with the way they played today.”

Dowagiac’s Ethan Dussel was one of two players to pick up wins against Brandywine Thursday. (Leader photo/SCOTT NOVAK)

Dowagiac was playing back-to-back matches and coming off its first victory in more than a year. New coach Sonny Swartz is pleased with the way the team is progressing.

“We’ve improved so much over this last month that I’m impressed,” Swartz said. I can’t believe it. We will just keep competing and go into the regional with our heads high and keep trying. That’s all I can ask for.

“He just picked up a racquet in June and now he’s won two matches and he’s been competitive. He’s a hard worker and I can’t asked for a better guy.”

Sidenbender also had an eye toward the regionals Thursday.

“This was big for regionals and regional seeding,” Sidenbender said. “They were big for each flight to win and for us to just get confidence. We graduated 10 from last year, so each match we play gives us a little bit more confidence and experience and that means everything in the world.”





1. Marc Tyrakowski (D) d. Michael Robbins 6-3, 7-5; 2. Chance Smith (BW) d. Jon Robinson 6-0, 6-1; 3. Tanner Bourdon (BW) d. Austin Jackson 6-0, 6-1; 4. Ethan Dussel (D) d. Lukas Hoffman 7-6, 6-2



1. Kyle Duncan-Matt Vaughn (BW) d. David Brogan-Jordan Hagemann 6-3, 6-1; 2. Alex Brooks-Jordan Hunt (BW) d. Mitch Warsko-Zach Davis 6-1, 6-0; 3. Aaron Wentz-Nate Hechtl (BW) d. Vaughn Herter-Tony Kidman 6-4, 6-2; 4. Tyler Mott-Chad Brooks-Jennings Brosnan-Ethan Wagner 7-6, 6-4

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