FAIRFIELD – The last time Fort Madison’s girls tennis team faced Fairfield, the Bloodhounds were swept on their home court 9-0. Tuesday the Hounds took to the road to face Fairfield on their home court.
The results were much better for Fort Madison this time around, with the Bloodhounds No. 3 – No. 5 five players all collecting singles wins in the Lady Trojans 6-3 win.
At No. 3, Zoe Ramatowski defeated Nellie Higdon 9-7. At No. 4 Kirklynn Nafziger came away with an 8-2 victory over Abby Schaefer. The last girl to pick up a win for Fort Madison was Lily Cadwallader at No. 5, defeating Tess Paton to the tune of 8-4.
Again facing two of the better players in the state, Lanie Kuntz came up short against Anatta Charoenkul in an 8-1 loss, while Fairfield’s Yana Gaskel swept Larissa Ferrill 8-0. Alyse Schmidt put up a fight at No. 6, but dropped her match to Destiny Gridley 8-4.
Fort Madison wasn’t able to collect any more wins in doubles action, as the combo of Gaskell and Higdon took the 8-0 win against the duo of Ferrill and Kuntz. Charoenkul and Schaefer bested Ramatowski and Nafziger 8-1. Cadwallader and Schmidt put up a good fight against Fairfield’s Paton and Gridley forcing a tiebreaker, but Paton and Gridley gritted through the extra court time, coming away with the 7-2 tiebreaker victory.
“We are moving the right direction as a team,” Fort Madison Head Coach Jeremy Swink said. “Again, Fairfield is one of the toughest team around, and tonight we gave them a good battle. I believe it was their closest match all season.
“We still have some things we need to work on, most importantly being our offense. We need to seek out more opportunities to be aggressive and charge the net. Too many times we are stuck in our defensive mindset and let our opponents beat us to the punch. That, on top of a few strategies tweaks, and we will be in good shape.”
Fort Madison’s next contest is against Mt. Pleasant at East Lake Park.