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The Fike High boys tennis team ruined cross-town and 3-A Big East Conference archrival Hunt’s senior day on Thursday with a 5-4 win, but Hunt seniors found comfort in being competitive this time as opposed to the 9-0 loss on March 26.
The Golden Demons (8-6, 6-4 Big East) from sophomore No. 1 Cole Peterson and senior No. 2 Max Fogleman, just as they did on March 26. But the seniors would lead the charge back for the Warriors (9-6, 4-6 Big East) as seniors Jae Jin Lee and Samuel Candelario Torres won at the No. 3 and 5 spots.
“It felt great having one more night and going out with a win like that,” Torres said. “Too bad we lost, but at least we put up a fight this time.”
Fike freshman Blake Mastman and Hunt sophomore Julian Hernandez won to make the match 3-3 heading into doubles play. Fike’s Peterson-Fogleman took down Hunt seniors Matthew Prasasouk and Zac Taylor to take the advantage. But Torres-Lee, both seniors, prevailed at No. 2 doubles.
“I feel pretty good considering I won both my games,” Lee said. “The fact that I know I developed more throughout the season, and it shows on my record now, that’s really exhilirating.”
On the third doubles court, the Warriors let Mariano Jimenez, a senior who had never played in a tennis match that counted, play. Jimenez and Ben Tong lost to freshman Oc Bolt and sophomore John Conoley to drop the final point. Hunt head coach Wayne Hardy said it was important to give Jimenez this moment.
“Bottom line, let them enjoy it, their last night of high school tennis,” Hardy said. “Give them the chance to let them play, in front of their parents and friends, that’s what it’s about. You always want to win, but you want to give them the opportunity so they can tell their kids and their grandkids that they was the No. 1 player, even if they weren’t.”
Fike secured third place in the conference with the win. Golden Demons head coach Chris Mizelle hopes his team’s record is good enough to get them into the dual team playoffs.
“I think we’ll end up getting a wild card with our record, but we’ll see where it goes and how we matchup with some of the higher seeds — and I do think we’ll get in.”
Both teams will play in the Big East Conference tournament next week at Barton College.
FIKE 5, HUNT 4
Cole Peterson (F) def. Zachary Taylor 6-1, 6-2; Max Fogleman (F) def. Matthew Prasasouk 6-1, 6-0; Jae Jin Lee (H) def. Jack Boyette 6-1, 6-3; Blake Mastman (F) def. Ben Tong 7-5, 8-6; Samuel Torres (H) def. Marty Madar 6-4, 6-3; Julian Hernandez (H) def. Daniel Noonan 6-4, 7-6.
Peterson-Fogleman (F) def. Taylor-Prasasouk 8-4; Lee-Torres (H) def. Madar-Noonan 8-5; Oc Bolt-John Conoley (F) def. Tong-Mariano Jimenez 8-2.