BY PCC STAFF
BURLINGTON – The Fort Madison boys tennis team suffered it’s first setback of the season in a tight affair with the Burlington Grayhounds at Dankwardt Park Thursday.
Fort Madison got their usual wins from the Thurman twins Jason and Vasin at No. 1 and No. 2 singles. The two also rolled to a quick 6-1, 6-1 win in doubles to pace the Hounds.
But it was the No. 2 doubles match that swung the door open for a Grayhound 5-4 win in the Southeast Conference tilt.
Mike Mercer and Jackson Carlson took the first set 7-5 from Fort Madison’s Levi Sissell and Bryce Workman. The Hounds then worked an easier 6-3 win in the second set to force a tiebreaker. The two then battled to a 7-7 tie in the first-to-ten tiebreaker, but gave up the final three points for a 10-7 Burlington win to get the match.
Workman also battled in singles at No. 4 where it took an extended tie breaker before he got the win over Burlington’s Owen Fawcett. Workman fell 3-6 in the first set, but came back for a 7-6 win in a second set tiebreaker. Workman then hung on for a 10-9 match tiebreaker for the win.
“That was his best match of the year,” Head Coach Dean Hogan said. “Those two were both backboards and battled through it and played some really good tennis.”
Carlson knocked off Fort Madison’s Kadin Medland 6-4, 6-2 at No. 5, and Mercer beat Tyler Horn at No. 6 singles 6-0, 6-0.
Jason Thurman beat Brendon Hale at No. 1 6-4, 6-1 and Vasin Thurman beat Rich Blisner 6-0, 7-5 at No. 2 singles. Burlington’s Tyler Bertleshofer downed Sissell 6-2, 6-0.
Blisner and Mason Rachowicz upended Medland and Horn 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3 doubles.
The Hounds (4-1) take on Mt. Pleasant at home starting at 3 p.m. on Friday.