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Bellefontaine netters stumble to Stebbins

Bellefontaine’s boys tennis team does not yet have its full allotment of players because of various reasons, and the Chiefs have struggled as a result.

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Bellefontaine’s Rohan Prasad hits a shot during his first singles match Tuesday against Stebbins. EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND

Playing for the second straight day Tuesday, Bellefontaine fell 4-1 to visiting Stebbins in a Central Buckeye Conference match.

The Chiefs are now 0-2 overall and 0-2 in the CBC, while Stebbins improves to 1-1, 1-1.

“I thought we made some improvement (from Monday’s season-opening loss to Northwestern),” said Bellefontaine coach Jim Stein. “We were more competitive, and that was good to see.”

Bellefontaine’s lone win Tuesday came from Rohan Prasad at first singles. He defeated John Scanto 7-6, 6-4.

“Rohan picked up a nice win,” said Stein. “He was mentally tough from the first point to the last point. It was good to get him some confidence.”

At second singles, the Indians’ Troy Crigler outlasted Tyler Frantz 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

“I am seeing a lot of good things out of Tyler,” said Stein of his freshman. “He has done some things I didn’t know he could do.”

Stebbins’ Kyle Tolley took a 6-0, 6-0 win over Michael Coakley at third singles.

Bellefontaine’s first doubles team of Patrick Tarasiewicz and Adam Verbsky was defeated 6-0, 6-1 by Lance Brown and Jordan Young, while the Chiefs’ second doubles unit of Josh Kreutzer and Isaiah Brady lost 6-2, 6-2 to Shane Smith and Tristan Gosselin.

The Chiefs are back in action Thursday at Tippecanoe.

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