Bowser, Stover finish fifth

WATERLOO – Senior Andrew Stover and freshman Jon Bowser ended the state doubles tournament in impressive fashion on Saturday.

After losing in the first round of the tournament on Friday, the Fort Dodge duo captured four consecutive victories to finish fifth in Class 2A.

Fort Dodge junior Brian Murman finished sixth individually after going 1-1 on Saturday.

“We are very proud of these young men,” said FDSH head coach Jared Feddersen. “Now, they’re eager to rejoin their teammates on Tuesday at state team tennis in Ankeny.”

Bowser and Stover defeated Norwalk’s Austin LaVelle and Grant Wright. They lost the first set 6-1, but bounced back with a 7-5, 1-0 (7) victory to advance to the fifth-place match.

The Dodger tandem then beat Pleasant Valley’s Sam Perenich and Sriram Sugumaran 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (5) to secure fifth.

“Andrew and Jon had a great da,” Feddersen said. “They played solid tennis in the morning to beat a well-coached Norwalk team, and then they used that confidence to win a close match in a super tiebreak for fifth.

“Going 4-1 in the tournament and giving the eventual champion their toughest match en route to the the finals really showed that they were one of the top doubles teams competing.”

Murman knocked off Lewis Central’s Caleb Shudak 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (6) to advance to the fifth-place match, where he was edged Andy Mong of Cedar Falls, 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (8).

“Brian probably logged more court time than any player in the tournament,” Feddersen said. “He had two more matches go the distance to a super tiebreak, and was able to win one of them over Shudak from Lewis Central, who had beaten him two weeks ago in a district final.

“His effort and desire to compete is second to none. He earned every bit of his sixth-place finish with high quality play.”

The Dodgers will compete in the state team tennis tournament on Tuesday in Ankeny.