A strong doubles showing earned Fenwick a runner-up finish at the 8-team Fenton Bison Invitational. York placed first in the event.
The Friars went 8-1 overall in doubles with their only loss a 3-set defeat by York in the opening round at #3 doubles.
The #3 team, Johnny Mullen and Mike Cahill, went on to win their backdraw matches 8-1 over Plainfield East and 8-0 over Hoffman Estates to place 5th.
At #2, Kyle Johnson and Mike Doherty won two successive 3-set decisions to advance to the final. The duo beat Lake Forest Academy 63, 36, (10-8) and York 64 46 (10-6) then went on to down the Glebard East Rams 75, 63 to take the title.
At #1, Jack Ryan and Colin Fitzpatrick lost a total of 4 games en route to the title, Fenwick's third straight at this event. The tandem beat Glenbard East 60 60, Timothy Christian 62, 61, and York 60, 61.
In singles, Dave Prabhu at #1 and George Krug at #2 both went 1-2 with wins over Plainfield East.
RYAN / FITZPATRICK 5-1 FOR THE WEEK
Earlier in the week, Jack Ryan / Colin Fitzpatrick earned two wins at the Ottawa tri-meet by downing two Lincoln Way East Teams.
After a 61 63 win over Walsh / Stroede, the team beat Scaletta / Piske in a 64, 36, 76 (6) match to give the East team their 4th loss of the season.
On Thursday, the Friars celebrated Senior night against Lane Tech and had wins from 7 of 8 seniors. The lone loss came on the #1 doubles court where Senior Jack Ryan and Sophomore Colin Fitzpatrick suffered their third loss of the season to Alex Keller and Yahn Gawrit, 61 64.
Wins came from Jack Carey at #1 singles and from Josh Burda / Kyle Johnson at #2 doubles, Phil Cozzi / George Krug at #2 doubles, and Alexis Arias / Ben Nikolai at #3 doubles.
Adding to the singles tally were Nick Sagastume with a win at #2 and Dave Prabhu with a win at #3.
Fenwick went 1-2 at the 16-team Downers South Team Invite.
Naperville Central 4 Fenwick 1
The Friars' win came at #1 doubles where Jack Ryan and Colin Fitzpatrick completed a 46 62 (10-7) comeback over Wesley Lo and Justin Gillette.
Fenwick 3, Argo 2
Decisive singles wins from Colin Fitzpatrick at #1 (62 62) and Jack Carey at #2 (also 62 62) set the stage, and the decision was earned by Kyle Johnson and Josh Burda at #2 doubles in a 76, 62 win.
Jacobs 4, Fenwick 1
Burda / Johnson earned the lone win in a gutsy comeback effort at #2 doubles with a 26 61 (11-9) result.
Homewood Flossmoor 3, Fenwick 2
Decisive doubles wins from Ryan / Fitzpatrick at #1 (61 61) and Phil Cozzi / Mike Doherty at #3 (also 61 61) evened the score, and Burda / Johnson fell just short of a third key win in a 64 57 (10-7) loss at #2.
Fenwick battled hard but did not get a set against Downers South in an indoor meet after the Glenbard West Invite was rained out on Saturday. The Mustangs finished 11th in state last year and look to be at the same level this year.
At #1 singles, Jack Carey lost 6-1,6-1 to Tony Leto. At #2, Nick Sagastume lost 6-1,6-1 to Jon Artus. Alexis Arias lost 6-0, 6-1 at #3. At #1 doubles, Jack Ryan and Colin Fitzpatrick lost 6-2, 6-0 to Cody Freischlag and Christian San Andres. At #2 doubles, Josh Burda and Kyle Johnson lost 6-0,6-2 to Zach Wood and Ryan McMillan.
The closest matches came at #3 and #4 doubles where both Fenwick pairs hung in the final sets to help the Friars leave the match with some pride. Phil Cozzi and George Krug lost 6-2, 7-5 and David Prabhu and Mike Doherty came a few points from winning Fenwick a set in a 6-4, 7-6 (5) loss.
Fenwick lost close dual meets to start and finish the day at Saturday's Rolling Meadows Invite.
Maine South 5, Fenwick 2
4 of 7 matches went to a deciding super tie-break, with the Hawks taking 3 of the 4. At #1 Singles, Jack Carey came back from a 3-0 deficit in the opening set to win 7-5, then was edged 6-4 in the second set and 10-6 in the breaker by Dragan Trivanovic. At #2 singles, Dave Prabhu had a nearly identical score line in a 57 63 (10-6) defeat. At #1 Doubles, Josh Burda and Kyle Johnson staged a big second set comeback, but were narrowly edged in the tiebreaker in a 6-2, 0-6, (10-7) loss to Dalieder / Salgia. Fenwick's wins came from Jack Ryan / Phil Cozzi at #2 doubles and Mike Doherty / Kevin Eicken at #3.
Fenwick 6, St. Viator 1
The Friars rebounded to win 6 of 7 in straight sets against St. Viator. Singles wins came from Jack Carey at #1 and Dave Prabhu at #3; The doubles were swept by Jack Ryan / Phil Cozzi at #1, Josh Burda / Kyle Johnson at #2, Mike Doherty / Kevin Eicken at #3 and Alex Arias / George Krug at #4. The Lions' sole win came at #2 singles where Jacob Nottoli prevailed over Fenwick's Nick Sagastume.
Lake Zurich 5, Fenwick 2
Fenwick and Lake Zurich both earned two quick wins to set up the deciding matches of the day, three close 3-setters in windy conditions that would all fall to the Bears. In singles, Lake Zurich dominated at #1 and #2, with Grant Thompson winning 60 60 over Jack Carey, and Nick Jordan winning 61 61 over David Prabhu. In doubles, Fenwick struck quickly with decisive wins from Ryan / Cozzi at #2 and Arias / Krug at #4.
At #1 doubles, Burda/Johnson staged another second set comeback, taking Croneigh / Brown to a deciding breaker that slipped away (10-6).
But two successful comeback wins by the Bears earned them the win. At #3 singles, Nick Sagastume lost 46 63 (7) to T Petrovic, and at #3 doubles, Doherty / Eicken lost 26 64 (6).
The team went 1-6 overall in match tiebreakers for the day, a statistic showing a team, according to Coach Sullivan, that needs to get its edge back after Spring Break.
Fenwick finished in the middle of the pack at the OPRF Rudy Witsman Invite on Sat. 3/30.
The team's highest finish came at #2 doubles, with juniors Dave Prabhu and Mike Doherty earning wins over Marist in the first round and Leyden in the third place match to medal.
At #1 singles, sophomore Colin Fitzpatrick had the second best finish, placing fourth, and the win of the day with a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 result over OPRF's Declan Siefkas in the first round. Fitzpatrick lost a 7-5, 6-3 decision to Evanston's Augustana-bound Connor Wolf in the third place match.
At #1 doubles, seniors Josh Burda and Kyle Johnson battled the #2 seed Evanston team hard in the first round, losing a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 decision. The duo bounced back and ruled the backdraw with decisive wins over Brother Rice (61 62) and Leyden's Karwas / Danek 6-1, 6-0.
Nick Sagastume at #2 doubles and Johnny Mullen / Kevin Eicken at #3 doubles also cruised through the backdraws to place 5th after first-round losses. Both consolation finals were won in straight-set victories over Leyden.
Fenwick ended with 22 points, between Loyola's 31 in 4th place and Leyden's 10 in 6th. OPRF repeated as champs, winning 48 of a possible 60.
The Fenwick Boys Tennis team opened their season over the weekend with 3 wins and 2 losses in dual meets played at Springfield and Belleville.
On Friday, the team repeated last year’s 11-1 scoreline against Sacred Heart-Griffin over two rounds of tennis.Seniors Jack Ryan and Jack Carey took turns posting wins at #1 singles, while Colin Fitzpatrick earned wins in both rounds at #1 doubles.Many of the matches were close, with the Friars winning 4 out of 5 tiebreakers played.
Fenwick 6th of 16 at Triad HS Knights Invitational
On Saturday the team finished 6th of 16 teams at the Triad Knights Invitational in Troy, IL.Going 2-2 in their 4 dual meets, the team pulled off close wins over Quincy in the first round and Hinsdale South in the third.The two losses came to Belleville East in the second round and Alton in the 5th place match.
After Fenwick went up 2-0 over Quincy, the Blue Devils faught hard in all three remaining matches, pulling off three-set comebacks at both #1 and #2 doubles, but only after Sophomore Colin Fitzpatrick had sealed the win with a 7-5, 6-3 win at #1 singles. The other wins came from Jack Carey at #2 singles 6-2, 6-3, and Josh Burda / George Krug at #3 doubles, 6-1, 6-0.
The Belleville East Lancers won all five in the second round, but two doubles matches were nip and tuck with Fitzpatrick / Ryan losing 6-4,6-3 to Adam Youck / Aaron Skaer at #1 and Nick Sagastume / Mike Doherty hanging in a 6-3, 6-4 loss at #3 .
Facing Hinsdale South in the third round, Fenwick pulled off one of their best comeback wins ever.After going down 2-0 as well as being down a set on two of the three remaining courts, the Friars rallied to win all three remaining matches and take the meet 3-2.After the Yellowjackets jumped ahead with decisive wins at #1 and #3 doubles, the rallies came in wins from Josh Burda / Nick Sagastume at #2 doubles, 5-7, 6-4, (10-4);Jack Ryan at #1 singles 6-4, 7-6 (4); and David Prabhu sealed the win in at #2 singles, winning 4-6, 6-2, (10-8).
Alton defeated the Friars in the 5th place meet 4-1 by hanging onto all three doubles points in close matches after the singles were split.The lone win came in a 6-0, 6-2 result by Fitzpatrick at #1 singles.