(BEDFORD) – Adam Tlustek bounced back more than a kangaroo on steroids.
Down a set, down 5-2 in the second set, Tlustek battled back for a key victory at No.2 singles, highlighting Bedford North Lawrence’s gritty 4-1 win over Columbus East during boys high school tennis action on Tuesday afternoon.
The Stars (6-6) won a pair of three-set matches and a tiebreaker at No.2 doubles to subdue the Olympians.
“It was a very good match,” BNL coach Donnie Thomas said. “Even if we had lost, it would have been a good match.”
Winning made it sweeter, of course, and Tlustek’s comeback charge was the tastiest. After dropping the first set 6-1 to Derek Heideman, after facing a match game, he recovered to take the second set 7-6 (prevailing 7-5 in the tiebreaker after winning those final four points). Of course, he fell behind in the third-set super tiebreaker as well before rebounding to take it 12-10.
“He played super well,” Thomas said. “He was pumped up.”
Cade Provo also went the distance at No.1 singles, fighting off Pranav Kumar 7-5, 3-6, 6-4.
BNL swept the doubles. Wyatt Scherschel and Cameron Gratzer had no difficulty with Matthew Degner and Emmit Romine at No.1, cruising to a 6-2, 6-1 win. Steven Graham and Konley Woodward stopped Caleb Wettschurack and Wyatt Romine 6-3, 7-6 (7-4 in the tiebreaker) at No.2.
The Stars will host Brownstown on Thursday.
BNL 4, Columbus East 1
Singles – 1. Cade Provo, BNL d. Pranav Kumar 7-5, 3-6, 6-4; 2. Adam Tlustek, BNL d. Derek Heideman 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 12-10; 3. Daniel Murphy, CE d. Graham Turner 6-4, 6-0
Doubles – 1. Wyatt Scherschel and Cameron Gratzer, BNL d. Matthew Degner and Emmit Romine 6-2, 6-1; 2. Steven Graham and Konley Woodward, BNL d. Caleb Wettschurack and Wyatt Romine 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)