Murman, Stover, Bowser advance

SIOUX CITY – The Fort Dodge boys tennis team earned another title and advanced three players to state here Thursday at a Class 2A district meet.

Andrew Stover and Jon Bowser were doubles champions, while Brian Murman advanced as the singles runner-up. The Dodgers were team champions and will play May 24 for a spot at team state.

“Everyone got a victory (Thursday) and that was instrumental in helping us secure the team district championship,” FDSH head coach Jared Feddersen said.

Stover, Bowser and Murman will all compete May 30-31 in Cedar Rapids at individual state. Stover and Murman advanced to state in doubles last spring.

Stover and Bowser were the No. 2 seed and earned a 6-0, 6-1 straight-set victory in the finals over Sioux City North’s Liam Bald and Alec Hauge for the title. Bald and Hauge were the top seed.

On the day, Stover and Bowser dropped just two total games in three matches.

“Stover and Bowser showed that they are a very talented doubles team with three convincing wins to qualify for state,” Feddersen said.

Murman also earned the second seed and advanced to the finals where he lost to returning state qualifier Caleb Shudak of Lewis Central, 7-5, 7-5. The junior earned a three-set victory over Jordan Betts to advance to the finals.

“The singles draw was tough and Murman had to battle through some long matches to qualify,” Feddersen said. “He showed tremendous toughness and that was needed with the tricky weather conditions.”

Ben Ahlers and Rob Leigh went 1-1, winning their first match before falling to the eventual third place doubles team from Carroll Kuemper. Caleb Hendrickson placed fourth in singles, going 1-1.

Team state is set for June 3 in Ankeny.