Thursday evening’s boy’s tennis matchup between visiting Frankfort and Crawfordsville came down to the no. 3 singles match.

Athenians Ryan Fry and Frankfort’s Dylan Smith was the only game to go to the third set as both school’s were tied at two. Smith was able to take the first set 6-2 before Fry responded with a 6-4 set. It was in the third set where the spectators noticed Fry’s confidence set in as he used a combination of borderline shots and powerful serves to outlast Smith 6-1, giving Crawfordsville the victory.

“Frankfort had an evenly-matched team.” Athenian head coach Carrie Jones said. “Ryan played a fantastic match—his second and third sets were just fantastic.”

Crawfordsville’s no. 1 singles Vladik Cegarra was able to find the win column with his 6-1 straight-set victory over Isaac Hunter. Cegarra lost his previous two matches before Thursday after winning seven straight.

“He needed that victory for morale.” Jones said. “I think the loss at (West Lafayette) was pretty tough for him so it was good for him to gain some positive momentum.”

No. 2 singles was evenly-matched as Nic Kinder gained a point for Frankfort. Kinder’s style was similar to Athenians’ Eddie Heinhold but was just good enough to secure a 6-3, 6-4 victory.

“That was a really tough match.” Jones said. “It could’ve gone either way, it ultimately came down to who can hold serve.”

Crawfordsville split points on the doubles courts as no. 1 doubles Mitchell Karp and Blake Froedge fell to Nolan Varner and Noah Wilder 6-2 in straight sets.

Parker Watt and Josh Blackburn was able to bolster their home team as they returned the 6-2 straight-set favor to Rick Hannon and Ethan Irons.

“They did a really good job.” Jones said. “They came out really aggressive and it ultimately gave us a much-needed point.”

Crawfordsville will get to rest over the weekend before welcoming Terre Haute North on Sept. 26.