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Fairmont netters deal 4-3 loss to Austin

Thomas Klanderud

AUSTIN — The Fairmont Cardinals got back on the winning track by edging the Austin Packers, 4-3, during non-league tennis action Friday at the Westcott Athletic Complex.

The Cardinals displayed their resiliency by bouncing back from a down-to-the-wire 4-3 loss to St. Peter on Thursday.

Thomas Klanderud and Parker Vetter produced team points for Fairmont from the singles bracket, while the No. 1 combination of Jack Hagen and Ian Fortune, along with the third tandem of Weston Loughmiller and Dominick Lund-May contributed the Cardinals’ doubles points.

Klanderud coasted to back-to-back 6-1 set wins over Cole Hebrink during No. 2 singles play, while Parker Vetter nearly matched his Fairmont teammate’s score by serving a 6-1, 6-2 loss to Owen Carrol at the No. 3 spot in the lineup.

Hagen and Fortune, who made a smooth transition from third and fourth singles action, respectively, combined forces to roll to a 6-0, 6-2 triumph over Cade Morrison and Eric Stencel at the top doubles position.

Loughmiller and Lund-May played in synchronization to capture the No. 3 doubles point by a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Marcos Castro and Quentin Grimley.

Austin’s Max Larson outslugged Noah Vetter during fourth singles action, 6-1, 7-6 (7-2), while the Packers’ Joey Schammel posted back-to-back 6-3 set wins over Ameya Komaragiri during first singles play.

Michael Garry and Tom Garry combined skills at second doubles to produced back-to-back 6-3 set victories over Cardinal opponents Carter Quist and Sebastian Castro.

Fairmont (6-5) travels to Redwood Falls on Tuesday for a 4:30 p.m. Big South Conference dual meet against Redwood Valley.

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