Wildcats come up short against Boyne City

News Photo by Jonny Zawacki Alpena’s Ashwin Chhapamohan returns a volley during a No. 2 singles match on Monday at Alpena High School.

The Alpena High boys tennis team was coming off of a busy weekend in which they competed against three other schools.

On Monday the Wildcats played host to Boyne City and came up short, losing to the Ramblers 5-1.

Alpena played some competitive matches and pushed Boyne City to the limit, but were unable to put the Ramblers away at times throughout the evening.

The lone Alpena victory came at No. 2 doubles as Harrison Butch and Dan Cox defeated Nate Howard and Alec Sherman 6-3 and 6-0.

The Wildcats’ No. 1 doubles team of Kevin Cook and Josh Hart fell to Joad Blaauw and Brady Butka 6-0 and 7-5.

Nehemiah Rao lost a tough match at No. 1 singles to John Paul Moody 6-4 and 6-2. Ashwin Chhapamohan pushed Harry Moody to limit in a competitive match at two singles. Chhapamohan took the first flight 7-6, but lost the final two 7-5 and 6-3. Dean Kowalewski took the first flight at No. 3 singles 6-2, but dropped the last two to Aidan Brehm 6-2 and 6-4. Josh Pokorzynski lost two close flights at No. 4 singles to Spencer Fernatt 7-5 and 6-4.

“It was a great match for us today. Boyne is a solid team with many good multisport athletes,” Alpena coach Charlie Giordano said. “We did a great job fighting and making them work hard on every point. I am very proud of the effort we put forth today.”

The Wildcats were also in action over the weekend as they competed against Flushing, Auburn Hills Avondale and Bay City Western.

Alpena took fourth and was led by the duo of Pokorzynski and Brett Bonifas at No. 2 doubles.

Pokorzynski and Bonifas earned victories over Noah McCreery and Jacob Vanderboom of Bay City Western 6-2, 6-1 and Max Cramer and Sid Saravanan of Avondale 6-1 and 6-4.

Rao lost at No. 1 singles 6-2 and 6-1 to Andrew Kearney (Flushing). Rao fell to Nick Morse (Bay City Western) 6-0 and 6-4 and also lost to Nathan Reichenbach (Avondale) 6-4 and 6-0. Chhapamohan lost three matches at No. 2 singles to Scott Branham (Flushing) 6-1 and 6-0; Jacob Boks (Bay City Western) 6-2 and 6-1 and Abhi Nuthalapati (Avondale) 6-0 and 6-0. Kowalewski fell at No. 3 singles to Thomas Quach 6-4 and 6-3. Cox dropped three matches at No. 4 singles to Ryan Mignerey (Flushing) 6-0 and 6-0; Kevin Powless (Bay City Western) 6-3 and 6-3 and Vivek Chanduri (Avondale) 6-0 and 6-0.

Cook and Hart fell at No. 1 doubles to Max Mulka and Ben Gratsch (Avondale) 6-0 and 6-0; Jake Besko and Matt Birchmeier (Flushing) 6-1 and 6-2 and Jacob Jeffrey and Evan Schlatter (Bay City Western) 6-2 and 6-1.

Flushing ended up taking first with (6), followed by Avondale (5), Bay City Western (4) and Alpena with (3).