Punj, Greiner score for Fairfield at conference
KEOKUK — Fairfield sophomore Alexander Punj needed 26 games to earn his second straight Southeast Conference championship at No. 1 singles Monday. Along with Landen Greiner, Punj needed just 23 more games in doubles play to claim runner-up honors at No. 1.
Punj rolled to a title with two huge wins in singles action, defeating Fort Madison’s Jordan Brecount in straight sets (6-0, 6-0) and taking care of Mount Pleasant’s Chase Higginbotham almost as quickly in the finals round (6-1, 6-1). Punj and Greiner then pulled away from the Panther duo of Higginbotham and Zack Schmitz in the opening round of doubles (7-6, 6-4) before falling to Keokuk’s Dan Williams and Gabe Vandenberg in the championship by scores of 6-1 and 6-0.
Overall, Punj’s big day accounted for all five of the Trojans points as they finished fourth out of four at the SEC tournament in Keokuk. Keokuk was the overall team winner with 23 points. Fort Madison (14) finished second and Mount Pleasant (12) was third.
Fairfield continues the postseason Thursday with the district individual competition in Fairfield. Maharishi School hosts the event, which begins at 9 a.m.