Panthers breeze to EWC dual victory

JOEY SEBRANEK of Plymouth focuses on the ball in the No. 4 singles match at Tuesday’s tennis meet versus Waupun. – Photo by Lisa Binversie JOEY SEBRANEK of Plymouth focuses on the ball in the No. 4 singles match at Tuesday’s tennis meet versus Waupun. – Photo by Lisa Binversie PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers had a strong team effort en route to a 6-1 drubbing of Waupun in an Eastern Wisconsin Conference boys tennis meet here Tuesday afternoon.

The Panthers raised their EWC dual record to 2-3.

“A really nice meet overall for us as everyone played well. Gavin Binversie at No. 1 [singles] got back on track by handling his business quickly and playing very well in all facets,” said PHS head coach Scott Milslagle.

“Cedric [Schamberger] at No. 2 had another marathon match and survived three match points against him in the second set and coming back from 1-4 in the third to win his match.”

Schamberger won 5-7, 7-6, 7-5.

“Cedric really concentrated well and played a smart match against a real tough opponent and showed his fortitude when he was down both on the court and in his mind. I am so proud of how he played today,” said Milslagle.

“Our doubles teams played extremely well tonight, winning all three matches.”

Plymouth’s No. 1 doubles team of Drew Schmitt and Riley Josephs bounced back from a loss in the second set to win the third and gain the victory, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

Milslagle is pleased with the progress shown by his varsity squad.

“I feel as if the varsity is playing to their expectations right now. They are getting better and better the more time they have together and our more inexperienced varsity players are playing far better than expected at this point in the season,” he said.

“We have certainly had some welcomed surprises from some of the newcomers.”

“The Panthers returned only four letter winners from last year’s team which shared second place in the EWC race. The letter winners are Binversie, a senior, senior Lex Eggert and juniors Joey Osieczanek and Schmitt. Binversie played doubles the previous three years with his older brother, Gabe, with the duo competing in the Division 2 state meet all three seasons.

“As far as bright spots are concerned, I have been very impressed with how Joey Osieczanek has responded to his move from doubles to singles this season. He has been a fairly consistent winner at No. 3 singles for us all season and has really found his game and his style of play. I am also happy with the attitude of the team overall,” said the second year PHS head coach.

“I feel as if we have maintained our goals of being in the top portion of our conference and feel as if it is within our grasp if we finish out the season as I feel we can.

“Kohler should cruise through the conference with most every other team battling it out for spots behind them,” said Milslagle.

Kohler is the defending EWC champion and was 10-0 in league duals last year.

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