After defeating the Panthers 5-4 in dramatic fashion at Mt. Pleasant last week, the Fairfield boys? tennis team was poised to move to 2-0 in SEC play Thursday night at the middle school courts, however, the Trojans lost all three doubles pairings after sharing a three to three tie after the six singles matches.
Gannon Courtright lost 6-1, 6-0 to Ethan Weber in the No. 1 matchup, but the No. 2 slot went to the Trojans when Logan Williams beat Corbin Broeker 3-6, 6-4, 10-5.
It also took Trojan Dante Cingire a third set to defeat Panther Jaxon Hoyle in the No. 3 match, but the No.4-6 matchups all ended in straight sets with Mt. Pleasant claiming victories by Elijah Plooster over Jarod Willmon and Jack Schimmelpfennig over A.J. Greiner, respectively, before Fairfield?s Will Sheppard bested Donny Arledge 6-0, 6-0.
After winning their opening set 6-1 in dominant fashion, seniors Courtright and Williams lost close second and third sets 4-6 and 8-10, respectively, to Broeker and Hoyle who pushed the Panthers to the brink of victory with two doubles duals remaining.
Mt. Pleasant?s combination of Schimmelpfennig and Weber then held off a comeback by the Trojans other two seniors, Willmon and Cingire, who won the second set 6-3, after losing the opening set 3-6.
The Panthers than stormed away with the overall match clinching victory in the final set 10-2 to give Mt. Pleasant an insurmountable 5-3 lead heading into the last pairing.
Sheppard and Greiner won the first set for Fairfield 6-4, but fell 4-6 and 8-10 in a hard fought victory for Mt. Pleasant?s Arledge and Plooster to give the Panthers the 6-3 advantage.
Keokuk April 13
The Trojans traveled to Keokuk Friday, defeating the Chiefs 8-1 for an easy Southeast Conference victory,
Gannon Courtright fell to senior Gavin Haner 1-6, 1-6 for the lone Keokuk victory, but Logan Williams defeated freshman Abbott Haner to split the 1-2 matchups between the Trojans and the brothers? Haner.
Dante Cingire defeated Callum Tackes 6-4, 6-1 followed by a 6-1, 6-2 win by Jarod Willmon over Kaiden Stoneking.
The No. 5 slot saw Will Sheppard whip Nick Payne 6-2, 6-0 and Noel Peterson handled Steve Callier 6-1, 6-4 to give the road team the 5-1 advantage heading into the doubles matchup.
Courtright and Williams defeated A. Haner and Stoneking 6-2, 6-2.
Cingire and Willmon beat G. Haner and Tackes 6-3, 5-7, 10-5 and Sheppard and Peterson bested Payne and Callier 6-0, 6-2 for the 8-1 conference road win.
The team will face Maharishi School today indoors at the MUM courts with the match moved due to weather.