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Fort Mill rallies past Northwestern, falls to Clover

Fort Mill’s Sahil Maseh volleys with Clover’s Sean Elder.
Fort Mill’s Sahil Maseh volleys with Clover’s Sean Elder. Special to The Fort Mill Times

The Fort Mill boys’ tennis team opened the season with a 4-3 win over Region III opponent Northwestern.

Fort Mill captured the first two points with wins from the No. 2 doubles and No. 5 singles. The Jackets came back from being down one set to win at No. 3 and No. 4 singles to decide the match.

Fort Mill’s No. 2 doubles partners, Josh Hall and Trey Robertson, won 6-4, 6-1. In No. 5 singles, Graham Lancaster won 6-1, 6-2 for the Jackets.

In the third set tie breakers, Fort Mill’s Tejas Padmanabhan lost the first set 6-1, but bounced back to win 6-4 and 11-9 in the third set at No. 3 singles. At No. 4 singles for Fort Mill, Matt Sanford lost his first set 6-0, but bounced back to win the second set 7-5 forcing a third set, which he won 10-5.

Later in the week, Fort Mill fell to Clover 6-0 with only one of those matches going to a third set tiebreaker in the Jackets’ No. 1 player Apoorva Mehta, who lost 3-6, 6-3, 11-9.

Fort Mill head coach Willie Ware said Clover was a tough opponent for the Jackets.

Fort Mill will host rivals Nation Ford this week at home, while hitting the road to Rock Hill Thursday.

Mac Banks:, @MacBanksFM