Tennis Beat Rossford 3-2 Avenging an Early Season Loss
May 5, 2014Bryan High School
Bryan Wins Thriller
May 3, 2014, Bryan -- After Rossford beat Bryan 3-2 early in the year, the Bears circled their schedule for their rematch with the Bulldogs.
Saturday, Bryan turned the tables on Rossford and came away with a 3-2 win to raise their team record to 11-3 as they head into the closing weeks of the season.
The match was close throughout and wouldn't be determined until the last two players left the court as three of five matches went three sets.
At first singles, Bryan's Derek Vincent and Rossford's Derek Krieger battled into a third set tie-breaker which Krieger won 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3). At third singles, Drew Kaufman stepped out of his usual first doubles position and gave the Bears a win with a convincing 6-1, 6-0 victory.
The first doubles tandem of Eliot Pitman and Zach Bauer extended their Rossford opponents three sets before eventually falling 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. But the Bears tied everything up with a solid 6-0, 6-1 effort by the Bryan second doubles pairing of Nathan Lamore and Scott Ewonus.
With all the matches finished, that left the match up to the outcome at second singles. Bryan's Josh Stark, moving up a position from his usual third singles spot, took an early lead with a 6-2 first set win, but Rossford's Logan Fairbanks stormed back to take the second set 6-3.
With the Bears 0-2 in third sets on the day, Bryan needed to change their fortune if they were to pull out the win. Stark fell behind early, trailing 2-3, before he put three straight games together to give himself a 5-3 lead. Fairbanks took the next game to tighten things up at 5-4. But Stark held serve in the next game for a 6-4 third set win to give the Bears the victory.
Bryan hosts Elida on Monday at 5:00 in Rec Park.
1st - Derek Krieger (R) def. Derek Vincent (B): 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(3)
2nd - Josh Stark (B) def. Logan Fairbanks (R): 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
3rd - Drew Kaufman (B) def. Christian Goldsmith (R): 6-1, 6-0
1st - John Hotz/Julie Hotz (R) def. Eliot Pitman/Zach Bauer (B): 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
2nd - Nathan Lamore/Scott Ewonus (B) def. Jacob Cowell/Logan Gauthier (R): 6-0, 6-1
Regular Season Record: 11-3