The team traveled to Troy on Saturday for the GWOC Silver Tournament. After a long rain delay the team came out strong winning 14 matches while only losing 2.
1st Singles – Ian Steiner defeated an opponent from Wayne in the first round 8-0. In the second round, Ian faced a tough Fairborn opponent and claimed victory 8-1. In the final match Ian played a hard hitting opponent from Lebanon. It was a tight battle the whole match, Ian fell 5-8. His success on the day earned him a silver medal.
2nd Singles – Daniel Bendel seemed to cruise through the day, after playing a tough 2+hr match the night before. Daniel defeated his first round opponent from Wayne 8-0. He next faced off against a player from Piqua, winning 8-1. The championship match was a rematch with Trotwood from earlier in the season. Daniel played very steady and won 8-2 capturing the 2nd singles title.
3rd Singles – Sully O’Hara came out strong winning his first round over an opponent from Xenia, 8-1. Sully then sqaured off against an opponent from Piqua and was victorious 8-2. The championship match was a close match agaisnt an opponent from Lebanon. Sully maintained his cool and eventually was crowned champion at 3rd singles, winning 8-5.
1st Doubles – The rain delay proved to be tough for our first doubles team of Ethan Geiger/Jake Haas. The team got off to a slow start and lost their 1st round match to Piqua, 4-8. The team rebounded and went on to win 3 straight matches and claim 5th place in the tournament. Wins included: 8-4 victory over Xenia, 8-2 win over Wayne, and a redemption win over Trotwood 8-3.
2nd Doubles – The team of Nick Fantaci/Nate Powers were very energized to get onto the court. The team took on Fairborn in the first round and dominated play winning 8-2. Next up for the Bird’s was Trotwood. The match was close, until the team went on a run winning 8-5 and advancing to the championship. Nick and Nate faced off against the #1 seed from Miamisburg in the championship. The team played extremely well winning 8-2 and being crowned the 2nd doubles champions.
The team’s great success was highlighted in the Sunday edition of the Dayton Daily News:http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/sports/high-school/fairmont-boys-take-gwoc-tennis-title/nfs3B/