Mules beat district-rival Farmington to stay unbeaten

Saturday, April 2, 2016

FARMINGTON, Mo. -- The Mules tennis team got their first taste of playing the format used in the postseason Thursday as Poplar Bluff beat Farmington 6-3.

Poplar Bluff took 2 of 3 doubles and won the first set in all six singles matches but went 1-2 in tiebreakers.

"Probably caused us to lose at least a couple, but more tennis is good and we need to be ready for that format," Mules coach Charlie Harper said.

Wet conditions in Poplar Bluff moved the match to Farmington's six courts, allowing to play an extended match with split sets decided by 10-point super tiebreakers.

Poplar Bluff's top-seeded Humza Siddiqui won his opening set 6-2 but Alex England forced a tiebreaker by winning the second set 6-4 then took the match 10-8.

Isaac Laseter had a similar fate at No. 2 when the Poplar Bluff senior took the first set but lost the match to Grant Harrison 7-5, 2-6 (10-8).

Poplar Bluff's Trenton Nepean won his tiebreaker at No. 3, 6-3, 6-6 (7-5).

The Mules breezed through the rest of the singles matches as Peyton Bradley, Eduardo Martinez and Ben Stewart remained unbeaten on the season. Bradley won 6-2, 6-2 while Martinez was a 6-1, 6-1 winner and Stewart didn't drop a game, 6-0, 6-0.

In doubles play, Siddiqui and Laseter lost 8-6 while Bradley and Martinez won their first match together, 8-3. Diego Rivetti and Greg Roberson improved to 3-0 with an 8-3 win.

"Pleased with everyone's efforts," Harper said.

The Mules (3-0) travel to Arcadia Valley today before the PB Invitational on Saturday will be played in Dexter.

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