Wow . . . I don’t even think I have words to describe how fun that tennis match was. Taylor Reynolds had the match of his life. Winning only 2 of the first 11 games, and down 0-3 in the 2nd set, Taylor came and told me, “I’ve come back from worse, Coach.” We talked a bit, and he found new life rattling off the next 6 of 7 games to win the set 6-4. The points were amazing. Each player took shot after aggressive shot. Taylor strategic game and power game started complimenting each other and when that happens, he can beat anyone. The tie-break was up and down, but Reynolds dug deep and brought home a big W for the wave. I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep tonight!
Edwards and McGinnis had their hands full tonight as well. After winning their first sets easily, their opponents changed their games a bit and put pressure on us. I’m so proud of how both of them handled themselves. They were receptive to our discussions on changeovers and played without showing their nerves . . . which I can’t say of myself.
Rahi was on today. His match score looked very lopsided, and Gajjar earned it. His strokes were solid and he found Petruzzi’s weakness and exploited it. He had two big aces in the match that kept the momentum going his way.
Stephen had the toughest matchup of the night in Nguyen. This guy is one of the best in the state and Wills played him stroke for stroke. The player who kept the ball deepest stayed on the offensive and won most of the point. The first set was up and down for both players. Stephen got down 1-4 in the second, and then rattled a few games off before falling 3-6.
I’m so proud of these guys tonight. And honestly, I don’t think they could have done it without the cheering from 13 of their other teammates and the incredible parents, grandparents, and the rest of the Green Wave family who showed up. This was one of those matches that we were able to feed off the crowd, for sure. I’ve been involved in some really incredible matches. Right now, I have to put this one at the top of them. Seeing the boys rush the court after Thomas’s victory is the reason we do this. Tomorrow we have to settle back down and get ready for our next match. We’ll remember this one for a long time, though.
Nguyen (Jackets) def. Wills 6-4, 6-3
Reynolds def. Cooper 2-6, 6-4, 10-7
McGinnis def. Dougherty 6-2, 6-4
Gajjar def. Petruzzi 6-0, 6-0
Edwards def. Murphy 6-2, 7-6 (7)
Dimuzio/Whetsell – DNP