Bloodhounds get swept in early conference action

Davis and Benda battle at No 1 doubles before cramping


FORT MADISON – The Fort Madison boys tennis team took a tough beat Thursday night with a 9-0 loss to Fairfield.
The loss was highlighted by an injury default in No. 1 doubles play due to extensive leg cramping by the Hounds' No. 2 Javeon Davis, who played a heroic singles match against the Trojan’s Han Wag
“He played a really awesome match in that singles match,” Head Coach Dean Hogan said.
“He was a backboard on the other side and keeping points alive. But he suffered some cramping in that match that carried over to the doubles and we had to forfeit that one.”
Davis lost his first set to Wang in singles 3-6, but battled back to win the second set 8-6 with a 7-6 win in the set tiebreaker. Wang would win the first-to-ten match tiebreaker 10-5.
At No. 1 singles Aiden Benda fell 0-6, 0-6, to Ruimin Luo, but Benda and Davis battled Wang and Luo to a 3-6 first set loss at No. 1 doubles. The Hounds then had to surrender to cramping and forfeited the second set for a loss at the top doubles.
Fairfield rolled through the rest of the singles action with Austin Loria defeating James Janic 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3. Ethan Cass downed Peyton Howard in a closer 6-4, 6-4 sweep. Rylan Anderson knocked off freshman Rowan Benda 6-1, 6-1 and Niko Emerson downed Jackson Amandus 6-1, 6-1 for a 6-0 win in singles action.
Howard and Benda fell to Loria and Emerson in doubles 6-0, 6-1, while Cass and Anderson downed Janic and Amandus in No. 3 doubles action 6-1, 6-0.
The Hounds travel to Burlington on Monday.

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