By JOSH RIZZO
Herald-Whig Sports Writer
Andrew Fauble didn't act intimidated.
Bumped up to the No. 1 singles spot because Quincy High School junior Collin Adams was battling an illness during Tuesday dual with Quincy Notre Dame, Fauble settled in nicely.
The QHS freshman never allowed himself to be put in bad spots and beat Quincy Notre Dame's Jack Nudo 6-2, 6-1 to help the Blue Devils earn a 6-3 victory at the Greenman Tennis Center at Reservoir Park.
"I was keeping the ball in really well," Fauble said. "I was playing smart, kept in deep so he couldn't overpower me. My backhand was working really well."
QHS coach Mike Terry was pleased to see how Fauble handled the pressure of playing up.
"He really surprised me. I shouldn't be surprised, I've known him all his life," said Terry, who is also Fauble's uncle. "I was confident that he could play with Jack. His confidence didn't waver through the whole match, which is very important for a young guy like that."
Adams did play doubles, teaming with Fauble to beat Nudo and Jimmy Kase 6-0, 6-2.
However, the Blue Devils (1-1) picked up big wins at No. 4 and 5 singles that swung the match.
Noah Aschemann beat Austin Vogel 7-5, 6-4 at No. 4 singles and Mitchell Gunsten picked up his varsity win by beating Nathan Butts 6-4, 6-2 at No. 5 singles.
"Those guys had very little varsity experience, and I didn't want to be in the situation where we had to sweep the doubles to win," Terry said. "If we drop those two, that's what it would have been. I was pleased that those guys played on and finished off their matches, especially in Noah's situation, where he was down 4-1 or 5-0 and came back to win."
QND coach Monica Hinkamper was pleased with her the Raiders' start. It was QND's first match of the season.
"This match was a lot closer than what the 6-3 indicates," Hinkamper said. "We had No. 2 doubles came to the wire and No. 5 singles that came down to the wire. It could have been flipped in another direction."
Darkness impacted one of the key doubles matches. After dropping the first set 6-2, Butts and Eric Niemann rallied to win the second set against Tom O'Connor and Christian Witte, 6-4. Because no lights were available on the courts and it was close to sunset, the format had to be changed and played a tiebreak instead of a third set. O'Connor and Witte won the tiebreak 10-4.
"They started playing better and we didn't adjust to their better play," O'Connor said. "It just started with serves and returns, the most basic things. Just to get the point started, we had a lot of double faults and missed a lot of returns. We got back on track with that in the tiebreak."