Picked last, Blue Jays shock Minot
Jamestown sent a message to the rest of the West Region on Friday night.
“They knew they could hang with them,” said assistant coach Jordan Koushkowski, who’s filling in for head coach Pat Mullowney while he takes his daughter to college. “They actually believed they could win. None of us believed we were the last-place team. It was used as motivation.”
The dual came down to the last match — a doubles contest between Jamestown’s Tanner Lunzman and Nick Stockert, and Josh Thompson and Connor Templeton.
The Blue Jay duo rallied to tie the third set at four, then turned on the jets and won the final two games to clinch the dual victory. Set scores were 6-3, 3-6 and 6-4.
It was an exciting day for Lunzman, who also rallied to win his No. 3 singles match against Ty Nygaard 6-2, 4-6 and 7-5.
“Tanner didn’t give up at all,” Koushkowski said. “That was crucial. We needed those singles wins.”
Nate Soulis dispatched of Cody Reynolds 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles, and Ben Harris beat Thompson 6-2, 6-4 at No. 5. Nick Stockert grabbed a 6-2, 6-2 win over Charlie Wentz at No. 6 singles, giving the Blue Jays a 4-2 lead going into doubles.
It was sorely needed, as Minot won the first two doubles matches to tie the dual.
Jake Reuther lost a hard-fought battle at No. 3 singles to Drew Thomas 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.
It’s believed to be the first time Jamestown has beaten Minot in a 6-3 format since moving to the West Region.
“I’m just a little shocked myself, too,” Koushkowski said. “I’m pretty proud of them.”
Jamestown 5, Minot 4
No. 1, Dustin Foster, M, def. Eric DeBoer 6-2, 6-1. No. 2, Nate Soulis, J, def. Cody Reynolds, 6-2, 6-2. No. 3, Drew Thomas, M, def. Jake Reuther, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. No. 4, Tanner Lunzman, J, def. Ty Nygaard, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5. No. 5, Ben Harris, J, def. Josh Thompson, 6-2, 6-4. No. 6, Nick Stockert, J, def. Charlie Wentz, 6-2, 6-2.
No. 1, Foster-Reynolds def. DeBoer-Harris, 7-5, 6-0. No. 2, Thomas-Nygaard def. Soulis-Reuther, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2. No. 3, Lunzman-Stockert def. Thompson-Connor Templeton, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
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