The Trojan boys tennis team hosted Centerville Monday night, winning 9-0 and Southeast Conference rival Fort Madison Tuesday night, losing 4-5 overall with the deciding match being the No.1 doubles matchup.
Senior Jarod Willmon was out, but juniors A.J. Greiner and Will Sheppard shifted up to No. 4 and 5, respectively, and sophomore Noel Peterson moved into the No.6 slot for the Trojans who won all nine contests in straight sets.
Gannon Courtright beat Alvin Ham 6-1, 6-3; Logan Williams defeated Brady Hughes 6-0, 6-0; Dane Cingire cruised 6-1, 6-0 over Otis Williams; Greiner topped Austin Dell 6-3, 6-1; Sheppard shutout Reece Sells 6-0, 6-0 and Peterson won 6-1, 6-4.
Courtright and Williams defeated Ham and Williams 6-1, 6-3. Cingire played with Peterson since Willmon was out and they teamed up for a 6-1, 6-3 conquest off Hughes and Dell. The junior duo of Sheppard and Greiner had little trouble with their opponents, winning 6-0, 6-1 over Sells and Lucas Henderson who was subbed in for Jakob Bauer.
After splitting the singles matches 3-3, the Trojans looked to their doubles teams to pull out the victory, unfortunately, a lost late tie-break in the final set of the No. 1 matchup was the difference.
Courtright lost 6-4, 2-6, 7-10 to Sam Avery, while Williams avenged his doubles partners? loss with a 6-1, 3-6, 10-3 victory.
Cingire fell in three sets as well to Jason Thurman, while his partner, Jarod Willmon cruised to victory 6-0, 6-3. Greiner lost in straight sets 3-6 and 5-7 while Will Sheppard tied it up again with a 6-1, 6-3 defeat of Gage Hing.
Cingire and Willmon lost 1-6, 4-6 and Greiner/Sheppard won in dramatic fashion 6-3, 5-6, 10-6, setting up the still playing No. 1 matchup as the decisive match. After losing the first set 2-6, the Trojans battled back for a 7-5 second set victory.
The final set went back and forth, however, Fort Madison grabbed the match and the meeting with a 10-7 third set triumph. Next is Davis County Friday at home.