BY PCC STAFF
FORT MADISON – The Fort Madison boys tennis team edged Mt. Pleasant 5-4 in a make up game from the wintry weather a couple weeks ago.
The Bloodhounds got four wins in singles action to secure the win.
Austin Krueger downed the Panthers’ Corbin Broeker 6-1, 6-4 at No. 2 singles and both Jason and Vasin Thurman won at Nos. 3 and 5 singles matches. Jason won in straight sets 6-2, 6-3. Vasin took Jack Schimmelpfennig into a tie break 6-3, 3-6 (10-3), and then Gage Hine won at No. 6 singles over the Panthers’ Donnie Arledge 6-4, 6-3.
At No. 1 singles Ethan Weber knocked off FMHS’s top swinger Sam Avery 6-4, 6-3 and Mt. Pleasant’s Elijah Pooster beat Blake Feuerhammer 6-4, 7-5.
In doubles action Avery and Krueger teamed up for a win over Broeker and Jaxon Hoyle 7-6 (7-2 tiebreaker) 6-2. The Thurman brothers lost to Weber and Schimmelpfennig 6-4, 7-5, and Feuerhammer and Hind lost at the No. 3 doubles 1-6, 6-3 (8-10) in the tiebreaker.
“Austin Krueger played a nice sound match in singles,” said head coach Dean Hogan. “Thurman and Thurman, both those guys are getting better and better each match with decision making and groundstrokes and tactics. Sam Avery and Krueger did very well in their doubles and are doing a better job in net play and a nice job overall in attacking the net.”
The Hounds are 3-3 on the season and travel to Fairfield on Tuesday for the second of four meets this week.
In junior varsity action, Mt. Pleasant’s Clayton Henriksen defeated Bryce Workman 6-0, 6-2. David Nguyen defeated Levi Lowney 6-1, 6-2, and Cole Kelgord beat the Hounds’ Levi Sissel 6-1, 6-0. In junior varsity doubles, Henriksen and Nguyen beat Workman and Lowney 8-1.