MINDEN — Fallon scored eight points in the doubles matches and Josh Inglis came from behind to post a pivotal singles win Thursday afternoon to knock off Douglas 10-8 in the season-opening boys tennis match.
For Douglas, simply playing the match was a victory in itself after being forced to practice indoors for two weeks due to air quality issues.
“Isn’t this beautiful?” Douglas coach Rod Smith said, motioning to the blue sky overhead. “This is the first time in two weeks we’ve been out on these courts. Being in the gym just is not the same as playing under game conditions. It’s a whole different ballgame.”
Douglas got three wins from Jon Pelcher, who celebrated his 16th birthday and his first time in the No. 1 singles position. The junior didn’t lose a single game along the way.
“He has kind of worked his way into the lineup,” Smith said of Pelcher. “He’s so competitive. He doesn’t give up on anything. He makes the opponent work for everything.”
A lot of work over the summer paid dividends for Pelcher, who only saw limited playing time for Douglas last year.
“I played a lot at Lampe Park over the summer with my brother, Zac, and Cody Tindal … that helped a lot,” Pelcher said.
“It was nice to finally get outside today. It was hard to get into a rhythm out here; I just did what I could.”
Connor Lyons also won all three of his matches in the No. 2 position and the doubles team of Joey Swisher-Keaton Peters won once for Douglas.
Fallon was led by sweeps from its doubles teams of Ty Wood-Martin Beyer and Garrett Kalt-Adam Wadsworth, who dropped only six games between them. Wood and Beyer, both juniors, were Division I-A state tournament qualifiers in 2012.
“This is their third year playing together and they have one more year to go, so we’ll see how good they get,” Fallon coach John Moore said. “They don’t want to break up, either. I’ve asked them if they want to play singles and they said, ‘No.’”
The difference for Fallon, however, came at the end of the second round when Inglis rallied for a 7-5 win over Sam Nance. Inglis won his final three games after trailing 5-4.
Earlier, Nance staged a rally of his own to defeat Dalin Conner 7-6 (7-2 on the tie-breaker). Nance came back from a 6-5 deficit to force the tie-breaker.
The outcome boiled down to the final two matches before the Greenwave clinched their victory when Christian Stadtman took a 6-0 decision from freshman Josh Brown.