Parker tops Craig, 4-3, in crosstown tennis match

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Eric Schmoldt
Thursday, May 15, 2014

JANESVILLE--Janesville Parker High’s doubles teams ruled the Palmer Park tennis courts Thursday.

Paced by a 6-4, 6-4 victory at the No. 1 spot by Nick Garey and Sam Buck, the Vikings swept all three doubles matches against crosstown rival Janesville Craig.

Parker also got a victory from No. 3 singles player Josh Harmata—his first of the year—to win a Big Eight Conference match 4-3 for the second straight day.

“It’s always big when we play Craig,” Garey said. “It’s been a blast growing up and playing tennis with these guys. And then when we play them, it’s fun, competition-wise.”

Parker improved to 3-5 in the Big Eight. Craig finished its league slate with a 1-8 mark.

“Our doubles have been our rock all season,” Parker coach Mike Fuhrmann said. “They’ve been working hard in practice to get to this point. I’m really proud of them, and I’m excited for Josh.”

Garey and Buck improved to 13-5 on the season and will likely play as the fourth or fifth seed at the Big Eight meet beginning Tuesday.

The duo hadn’t played together before this year, but they’ve progressed together by scaling back their power for more accurate, consistent shots.

“Consistency is the key,” Buck said. “It’s been pretty good. We were friends before this, so we’ve jelled together pretty quick.”

“We went back to the basic ground strokes, and we found out that if we’re consistent, our shots will be better placed,” Garey added.

Zac Brandenburg and Kyle Popovich fought out a three-set victory at No. 2 doubles, winning 7-6 (8-6), 2-6, 6-3. David Howell and Sam Amundson won in straight sets at No. 3 doubles.

Harmata lost his first set at No. 3 singles 6-4 but bounced back to win the final two, 6-4 and 7-5.

Craig’s highlight came at No. 1 singles. Izaya Turenne lost his first set against Jordan Peyer and trailed 3-0 in the second. But he battled back to win the second in a tiebreaker and then used another tiebreaker in the third, winning it 9-7 to escape with the victory.

“I was down 3-0 in the second, and I don’t normally get too down on myself, but I was feeling it,” Turenne said. “It was just a mental thing. Coach told me to just hit the ball. I was just so timid, but it feels good, because this was an important match for subsectionals.”

The Cougars also got victories from Ethan Enos and Christian Voskuil in straight sets.

“They just played more aggressive than we did and made more shots,” Craig coach Justin Long said. “We knew it was going to be competitive. It was a very well-played match.”

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