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Fountain Central’s Bryce McTaggert returns a volley during Monday’s tennis match at Fountain Central High School.

Fountain Central tennis coach Chris Webb wanted to make a point.

Despite his team having defeated Seeger 4-1 in a battle of undefeated Wabash River Conference teams, Webb had his players running wind sprints after the contest.

“Sometimes attitude is more important than the win-loss result,” Webb said. “I didn’t like the attitude of some of our players in tonight’s match and I wanted to change that right now.

“We had a few players who weren’t playing as hard as they could. They put their heads down. We’ve got five seniors on this team whose last opportunity for a sectional is this season, so it’s my job to make sure somebody’s attitude doesn’t cause a failure.”

Webb was not all negative about his team, complementing two players in particular.

“Phillip Koonce had his best match of the season at No. 2 singles,” Webb said. “Landon Davenport, at 3 singles, hit deep and moved his opponent around and that’s what you need to do to win at 3 singles.”

The lone victory for Seeger came from the duo of Ryan Synesael and Addison Newell at No. 1 doubles. The pair took a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 match from Blake Nickle and Adam Walters of the Mustangs.

Seeger coach John Wilson said he like the effort put out by his team and that everyone was competitive.

“Fountain Central is solid at all five positions so we knew we’d be challenged. I think our kids competed well,” Wilson said. “We’ve got a young group (4 sophomores and 1 freshman out of seven) and our goal is to keep improving.”

One problem for both teams is that the schedule gets crowded this time of year due to rainouts and rescheduling.

The Mustangs play five straight nights this week and while it is not quite that bad for the Patriots, Wilson said that practices are rare these days.

“Because we don’t get many practices, we have to take advantage of the playing time we get,” Wilson said. “We learn with every match we play — and we did that tonight. One big thing we learned is that we can be competitive with this team.”

With the win, Fountain Central moves to 4-0 in the WRC while Seeger falls to 3-1 with both teams having to play Turkey Run as their final conference opponent.

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