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Nation Ford's tennis season ends as nail-biter doesn't fall the Falcons' way

Nation Ford's Thomas Welch battles, but drops his match 6-2, 6-2 as the Nation Ford season comes  to a close in a 4-3 loss to Byrnes in the SCHSL Upper State 5A boys' tennis playoffs Tuesday, May 1, 2018.
Nation Ford's Thomas Welch battles, but drops his match 6-2, 6-2 as the Nation Ford season comes to a close in a 4-3 loss to Byrnes in the SCHSL Upper State 5A boys' tennis playoffs Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

A second round 5A playoff nail-biter between Nation Ford and the Byrnes Rebels didn’t fall the Falcons way as they were eliminated from the boys' tennis playoffs with a 4-3 loss.

The match came down to the No. 1 doubles and the Falcons lost 6-4, 6-4.

“I am proud of each and every one of my guys,” said Nation Ford head coach Scott Buie. “They fought hard and played hard. That is all I could ask of them.”

Nation Ford got wins at No. 3 singles in Ian Drane 6-2, 6-4 and No. 4 singles Max Kell 6-0, 6-1. The Falcons lost at No. 1 singles with Garrett May falling 6-0, 6-2; No. 2 singles with Thomas Welch falling 6-2, 6-2 and No. 5 singles with Anish Kanthamneni falling 6-3, 7-6.

In doubles action, the Falcons did split with Byrnes winning in No. 2 doubles with Gage Fenbert and Shiv Patel winning 6-2, 6-4, before Welch and Kell dropped the No. 1 doubles match which lasted over two hours.

Nation Ford’s season ends as they take only their second loss on the year and finish 10-2 after coming off a perfect season in Region IV which saw them win the championship.

Mac Banks: mbanks@comporium.net, @MacBanksFM

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