The Fairfield boys tennis team was short-handed in their match last Friday versus Davis County due to job obligations and a doctor?s appointment, however, the Trojans cruised to a 6-3 victory over the young Mustangs nonetheless.
Senior Gannon Courtright defeated sophomore Luke Snyder 6-1, 6-3. Courtright?s doubles partner and classmate Logan Williams beat fresh-meat Noah Smolek 6-4, 6-0 in the number two slot. The final regular varsity player for the Trojans to start, Will Sheppard, lost in a long, back-and-forth battle against fellow member of the 2019 class, Kade Tharp, 7-6(4), 2-6, 7-10.
Stepping all the way up to the fourth slot was junior varsity standout/regular varsity fill-in, Noel Peterson, who also played a gruesome three-set match, although he came out the victor 6-0, 3-6, 10-8.
No. 5 for Fairfield was junior Dylan Barras who fell in three sets 3-6, 7-5, 4-10 to nine-grader Ivan Garcia, while No. 6 was another junior, Brian Parcell, who Head Coach Bill Sheppard gave a ?special congratulations? to for winning his first varsity match in ?decisive fashion?, according his coach, 6-1, 6-1.
Courtright and Williams picked up momentum as the duo played dynamically together in a 6-4, 6-2 win. Barras and Parcell jumped from the No. 5-6 singles to the No. 2 doubles game after winning a challenge last week against Sheppard/Peterson. Unfortunately, they fell to Tharp and freshman Clayton McFarland 3-6, 4-6. Sheppard and Peterson played in the final match of the night, combining for a 6-3, 6-4 defeat of Garcia and Lynch.
Blake Holden 4-1, Sam Mattson 5-0, Cameron Harvey 3-2, Ethan Trent 5-0, Breken Courtright 3-0 and Jacob Hanley 1-2 went 5-1 to lead Fairfield to triumph over the Mustangs.
With their starting lineup back in order, the Trojans beat the Indians 7-2 on the road Monday night.
Courtright defeated Nick Harrington 6-1, 7-5; Williams won 6-0, 6-1 over Cade Snakenberg; Dante Cingire took two sets to oust Colton Stout 6-2, 6-4; A.J. Greiner got a 6-4, 6-1 victory against Nick Reiter and Noel Peterson bested Brad Klucas 7-5, 6-1 to give Fairfield a 5-1 advantage and secure victory headed into the doubles matches.
Longtime partners Williams and Courtright did a little dance on their way to a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Harrington/Reiter, unfortunately, Cingire and Greiner fell 3-6, 3-6 while they are still getting used to playing together. In the match of the night, the Trojans Will Sheppard and Noel Peterson battled back from elimination when they lost their first set 4-6 and were down to their final game in the second set before taking the frame 7-6(6) and then going the distance in the third set for a 15-13 set and match win.
Head Coach Bill Sheppard believes a challenge lost last week by his son and Peterson may have benefitted the duo and in turn, the team.
?I believe that inspired Will/Noel to up their doubles game for the win at Osky.? He added, ?The wind was such an issue early in the match that it favored the team with short choppy shots that are more easily controlled in wind. Later, when the wind died down a bit, Will and Noel found their groundstrokes and were able to pass the Osky net players.?