Falcons’ tennis team locks down 2nd place in region

mbanks@comporium.netApril 25, 2014 

Jonathan Habbick, NaFo Tennis

No. 1 singles Jonathan Habbick of Nation Ford reacts during a three-set tie break loss to Jay Karwatsky of Fort Mill.

STEPHANIE MARKS MARTELL — Special to the Fort Mill Times

— With a split of two Region III matches, the Nation Ford boys’ tennis team clinched second place in the region as it head toward the end of the regular season.

Nation Ford fell to Clover 5-1 when a win would have secured its fifth straight Region title, but rebounded to beat Fort Mill 4-2.

Despite the score against Clover, the match was close with three individual matches ending in third set tie breaks. Clover remains undefeated in the region this year and gave Nation Ford only its second Region loss of the year.

At No. 5 singles, Banks Reigel secured the only win for Nation Ford over Clover as he won 6-4, 1-6, 10-6.

In the match against Fort Mill, the Jacket’s No. 1 singles player, Jay Karwatsky, beat Jonathan Habbick 6-0, 4-6, 11-9.

In No. 2 singles, Nation Ford’s Raj Dwivedi beat Alex Malaj in straight sets 6-2, 6-1 and No. 3 singles Alex Jacob beat Erik Lewis 6-0, 6-4.

Rounding out the singles matches, Reigel beat Matt Brautigam 6-3, 6-3 at No. 4 singles and Fort Mill’s No. 5 Jack Cauthen beat Chase Mahrlig 7-5, 6-1.

In the only doubles action, Nation Ford’s Davis Plasko and Alex Smith beat Matt Hicks and Kurtis Pharr 6-1, 6-2.

Both Fort Mill and Nation Ford have only two region matches left in the regular season as the Falcons host Northwestern and then travels to York. Fort Mill will host Lancaster and travel to Northwestern to end the regular season.

Fort Mill currently sits in the No. 4 spot as the Jackets try to clinch a playoff berth.

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