Titans fall prey to Cougars

McDowell's Isaac Lawing gets set to hit a shot during a recent tennis match. The Titans fell 7-2 to Alexander Central Thursday. Josh Davis/blueridgesportsphotography.com

The McDowell Titans dropped a 7-2 decision to the Alexander Central Cougars on the road Thursday in Northwestern 3A/4A Conference tennis action.

The Titans (0-7 overall, 0-3 NWC) claimed victory in one singles and one doubles match against the Cougars (6-5, 3-1).

Third seed Isaac Smith scored a convincing win over Alexander Central’s Jacob Campbell, winning 6-2, 6-1. In doubles, John Ramirez and Kaleb Burke teamed up to defeat the Cougars’ Luke Davis and Evan Sharpe.

The Titans couldn’t snag a third win, but Ramirez nearly pulled one out in his fifth-seed match against Davis. Davis won the first set 6-4, but Ramirez bounced back to take the second in a tiebreaker 6-6 (8-6). In the tiebreaker, Davis edged Ramirez 10-8.

Top seed Chris Boyette fell to the Cougars’ Carter Patterson 6-0, 6-0. At No. 2, Rhett Chapman blanked the Titans’ Walter Catala 6-0, 6-0.

McDowell’s Isaac Lawing fell to Seth Warren 6-2, 6-2 at the fourth seed. Central’s Devon Presnell defeated Max Ledbetter 6-1, 6-2 at No. 6.

In doubles play, Patterson and Chapman beat Boyette and Catala 8-1. Warren and Presnell teamed up for an 8-1 win over Smith and Lawing.

McDowell continued NWC play Monday on the road at South Caldwell.




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