Quincy men’s 3.5 tennis team battles to bitter end at USTA state tournament

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Left to right holding the banner are Drew Koester, Barney Bier and Sammy Shumake from the Quincy men's 3.5 Mid-South district championship team. Behind them, left to right are Bryan Fasano, Jeff Zellerman, Jim Pitney, Bob Soltys, Joe Laws, Martin McCarthy, Jim Kase, Doug Mallett and Bob Catalpa. Submitted photo

AURORA, Ill. — The Quincy men’s 3.5 tennis team put up quite a fight.

Playing in the three-team United States Tennis Association team state tournament at the Vaughan Athletic Center last weekend, Quincy lost both of its duals 3-2 with the winner of each being decided by the final match.

Quincy, which won the Mid-South district, lost 3-2 to both the Chicago and Northern districts.

Against the Northern district, Quincy split the singles matches as Drew Koester won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 and Martin McCarthy lost 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2. In doubles action, Jeff Zellerman and Barney Bier won 7-5, 6-4 at No. 1, while Doug Mallett and Joe Laws suffered a 6-3, 6-3 loss at No. 2 and Bob Catalpa and Jim Kase lost 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3.

Against the Chicago district, Quincy swept the singles matches. Sammy Shumake won 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1 and Koester posted a 6-2, 6-3 victory at No. 2. In doubles, Zellerman and Bryan Fasano dropped a 6-4, 6-1 decision at No. 1. Bier and McCarthy battled back after losing the first set at No. 2 but fell 7-5, 6-7, 1-0, and Mallett and Jim Pitney lost 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3.

The Northern district beat the Chicago district 3-2 in the other dual and will represent Illinois at the Midwest Sectionals in Indianapolis.

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