Fort Mill Times

Nation Ford, Fort Mill get ready for tennis playoffs

The Nation Ford boys tennis team is now 12-5 overall and 5-3 in the region after taking on Fort Mill, York and Southpoint in the past week.

The Falcons lost to Fort Mill 5-1. In singles action, Madison Ott defeated Robbie Davis 6-2, 6-4, Danny Randar lost to Kyle Osburn 1-6, 1-6, Brandon McGlohon lost to Daniel Proctor 5-7, 1-6, Alex McLelland lost to Kyle Patterson 3-6, 6-2, 7-10 and Tyler Morris (NF) lost to Andreas Leon 0-6, 0-6.

In doubles play, the Fort Mill duo of Jon Ernst and Chase Riddle defeated Paul Hoberek and Michael Little (NF) 6-2, 3-6, 11-13.

Fort Mill has lost only one match all season and is unbeaten in the region.

Earlier in the week, the Falcons defeated York 6-0 Ott defeated Chris Suggs 6-4, 3-6, 10-3, Randar beat Jensen Fisk 6-1, 6-3 and McGlohon defeated Kyle Spears 6-3, 6-0.

Other winners were McLelland and Morris. In doubles play, Little and Hoberek defeated Patrick Burnett and Charley Lawson 6-2, 6-1.

Nation Ford Coach Matthew Rohring said the team's record has improved since last year, when they were 5-11 in the school's first season, but said the Falcons still have work to do in order to be competitive with top teams in the state.

"Even in our own region we are just one step below Clover and Fort Mill," Rohring. said. "I'm proud of my players for giving their best efforts out there and we have talked a great deal about stepping up our game in the playoffs."

Rohring said Nation Ford is still a young team but is gaining experience this season and moving toward having one of the top programs in the state. Morris, the Falcon's number five singles player, is undefeated in the region this year.

"It takes a certain level of confidence when you step onto the court in order to win matches and this is part of the reason why Tyler has been so successful this year," Rohring said The Falcons play in a non region match 5 p.m. Thursday at North Central and then round one of the playoffs gets underway Thursday, May 7.