Stars split matches in Invite

BNL’s Adam Tlustek recorded a two-set win over Madison’s Bryce Miller during action in the BNL Invitational on Friday.

By Justin Sokeland

BEDFORD – Bloomfield conquered Bedford North Lawrence 3-2 in the first round of the BNL Invitational on Friday afternoon, but the Stars bounced back in the nightcap for a 3-0 victory over shorthanded Madison.

In the opening round, BNL’s top doubles team of Konley Woodward and Cameron Gratzer forged a miraculous comeback for a three-set victory, but the Cardinals won three other three-set battles to claim the team win.

Woodward and Gratzer trailed 5-1 in the final set and faced a triple-match point at 40-0 before fighting all the way back with a 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory. BNL’s other win came at No.3 singles as Graham Turner outlasted Ethan Dean 7-6 (7-5 in the tiebreaker), 7-5 at No.3 singles.

The Cardinals went the distance to take the other matches. Baylin Graf stopped Adam Tlustek 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 at No.1 singles and Ryan Schulte edged Steven Graham 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 at No.2.

At No.2 doubles, Bloomfield’s Christopher Royal and Austin Hall rallied for a 1-6, 6-1, 6-1 win over the new BNL duo of Nate Pemberton and Jayden Kemp.

Madison had only enough for singles competition in the final round, and the Stars posted a sweep. Tlustek topped Bryce Miller 6-3, 6-4 at No.1, Gratzer made the switch to singles and took care of Matthew Burkhart 6-1, 6-0 at No.2, and Turner tackled Alex Wang 6-0, 6-2 at No.3

The Stars (2-3) will visit Columbus East on Monday.

BNL’s Cameron Gratzer teamed with Konley Woodward for a classic comeback win over Bloomfield at No.1 doubles.

Bloomfield 3, BNL 2


1 Baylin Graf, Bloomfield d. Adam Tlustek 6-1, 3-6, 6-1

2 Ryan Schulte, Bloomfield d. Steven Graham 4-6, 6-0, 6-3

3 Graham Turner, BNL d. Ethan Dean 7-6 (7-5), 7-5


1 Konley Woodward and Cameron Gratzer, BNL d. Reese Schulte and Wilson Keene 4-6, 6-2, 7-5

2 Christopher Royal and Austin Hall, Bloomfield d. Nate Pemberton and Jayden Kemp 1-6, 6-1, 6-1

BNL 3, Madison 0


1 Adam Tlustek d. Bryce Miller 6-3, 6-4

2 Cameron Gratzer d. Matthew Burkhart 6-1, 6-0

3 Graham Turner d. Alex Wang 6-0, 6-2