Senior Sean Bardol persevered for a rousing straight-set win atop No. 1 singles Thursday afternoon at Illiana Christian, but the host Vikings came away with a 4-1 win in Dyer.
Bardol played a thrilling two-set match against Mathew Smits of Illiana Christian winning 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5). Down in both sets, Bardol used his skilled ground game with occasional drop shots and volleys to come back and win points against Smits, who had very few unforced errors.
Sophomore Alex Firov played his first varsity tennis match with senior Noah Wadle and made several good forehands to win points but lost 6-0, 6-0.
Junior Riggs Bardol dropped a 6-1, 6-2 decision at No. 2 singles to Wesley Olthof.
The Blazers return to the court Monday afternoon at Michigan City.