Fountain joins lineup to help Carlson draw with Bedford

Gibraltar Carlson's John Hojnowski separates Jack Nigh (left) and Bedford's Gavin Regalado with a return to No. 1 doubles on Monday.  Hojnowski and Cole Fountain drew 7-6, 7-5 and the teams played to a 4-4 draw.

GIBRALTAR – Cole Fountain is the utility man for the Gibraltar Carlson men’s tennis team.

It stays connected to the schedule when and where it’s needed.

“He’s our 13th guy,” said Carlson coach Rocco Giorgi. “He’s a reserve guy, but where he wants someone to be missing, he fills in.”

The Marauders had a hole in doubles number 1 on Monday because of illness and went to the Fountain to the rescue.

He played a key role as Carlson drew Bedford 4-4.

Cole Fountain of Gibraltar Carlson serves at No. 1 in doubles against Bedford on Monday.  Fountain and John Hojnowski drew 7-6, 7-5 and the teams played to a 4-4 draw.

Giorgi found out on Monday that one of his players in the top doubles division couldn’t play against Bedford.

Rather than shuffling his lineup and moving someone from one of the lower flights, Giorgi opted to put Fountain first and keep the other pairings intact.

“Four or five years ago they changed it to rules where you could go directly into your lineup so all the guys don’t have to move,” Giorgi said.

Fountain had never paired with John Hownowski before, but the two managed a thrilling 7-6, 7-5 victory over the Bedford duo of Jack Nigh and Gavin Regalado.

“We train a lot of duos in practice, so the guys are ready to play anyone,” said Giorgi. “He played well. … I’m glad we took it out. Bedford had a good team there.”

Bedford coach Eric Cukierski agreed that the first two pairs were key to the match.

“I kind of hoped we could take a double or two,” he said. “Both were very close, but we just couldn’t finish either of them.”

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