The last time the Fenton varsity boys tennis team beat Holly in a dual meet the Gulf War was happening. Sparky Anderson was still the Detroit Tigers’ manager and the Detroit Lions actually won a playoff game.

 The Lions are still looking for another playoff game since then, but the Tigers don’t have to look that far back for its last win against Holly after Tuesday. The Tigers won a 6-2 dual against the Bronchos.

 It was a closer meet than the final score indicated. Five of the eight flights were settled in a third set, but Fenton won four of them to earn the victory.

 “It’s been a long time,” Fenton varsity tennis coach Gary Ballard said. “We’ve been trying to get a program to compete with Holly for a long time, so to beat our rivals after so many years of being dominated was huge.

 “Last year we had five three-setters, but we went 1-4 in them. This year was the opposite.”

 The only legitimate blowout victory came at No. 1 singles where Fenton’s Gabe Hand won a simple 6-0, 6-1 verdict. Fenton also had its No. 1 doubles team of Jack Gundry and Bradley Trecha win in straight sets, earning a 6-3, 6-1 victory. The rest of the wins came in three-set thrillers. Sheldon Hand won at No. 2 singles 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 while No. 3 singles player Jordan Conn earned a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory.

 In doubles action, Fenton’s Trevor Bloss and Mitchell Scheer won at No. 2 with a 6-7, 6-0, 6-1 score. Finally, Josh Brott and Nate Dymond won at No. 4 with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 score.

 Holly’s Joe Kittle won at No. 4 singles by a 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 score while Garrett Reid and Drew Hignite won at No. 3 doubles with a tight two-set score of 6-4, 7-6.

 “It was a dogfight,” Ballard said. “We’ll see what happens at the Metro League meet.

 “It was nice to take care of that streak, but Flushing beat Fenton last year and now we have to beat them. I think it’s been long time since the boys team Flushing as well. It’s going to be a fun season. It’ll be exciting to see if we can turn the table in the Metro League. But it was exciting to finally beat our rival. It’s always fun to beat your rival.”

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