FORT MADISON – After facing some stiff competition at the Pella Invitational this past weekend, the Fort Madison Bloodhounds are back to winning handily against local competition.
On Tuesday, at the Fort Madison High School tennis courts, the Hounds downed Fairfield 8-1 in boys high school tennis action.
The match of the day took place at No. 5 singles where the Hounds’ Bryce Workman fought off a pesky Brian Parcell of Fairfield in two-set marathon where Workman won a 7-6 first set on a 7-2 tiebreaker.
Workman would lose the second set 3-6, but would outlast Parcell 10-7 in the tiebreaker to take the match.
At No. 6 singles Levi Sissel suffered the only loss on the day for Fort Madison falling 1-6, 5-7 to Fairfield’s Michael Holt.
One the No. 1 court, Fort Madison’s Sam Avery won easily 6-0, 6-2 over the Trojans’ AJ Greiner. Jason Thurman rolled to a 6-2, 6-3 win over Noel Peterson. Thurman’s brother Vasin Thurman won 6-2, 6-2 over Will Sheppard.
At No. 4, Reed Fehseke won over Blake Holden 7-5, 6-2.
In doubles action, the Thurman’s are building a reputation as being the team to beat in southeast Iowa dumping Griener and Sheppard 6-0, 6-1. In the first two doubles contests the Hounds gave up just 2 games.
The No. 2 doubles duo of Avery and Fehseke dropped Peterson and Holden matched the Thurmans with a 6-0, 6-1 win. Workman and Sissel battled Parcell and Holt to a two-series.
The boys finished fourth at this weekend’s Pella Invitational. Jason and Vasin Thurman took runner-up honors in doubles action. The two, just sophomores, qualified for the state tennis meet and took 8th place overall.
The boys will play again on Thursday when they travel to Keokuk for a Southeast Conference match up.