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Not What We Hoped, But Good Tennis Nonetheless

On a day that saw the roster mixed a bit, we needed to play consistently to win, and we didn't deliver on that score. Thomas struggled more at #1 singles than he had since the opening match of the season, a function of the energy on the lower courts around the upcoming Senior Game for GVT against Exeter. He went down 2-8. Dillo's match at #2 singles was closer in score (6-8), but while his cheerful demeanor kept him up, Dillo wasn't playing his usual game, getting crushed on his serves. Henry similarly struggled with consistency, the story of his season, dropping his #4 singles match 3-8. Late additions to the match, Zack at #5 singles and Kellen making his debut in singles at #6, had to play both mental games and physical ones in the heat. Zack was up at the beginning, 2-1, but then his opponent found his rhythm and cruised to our eventual loss at #5, 2-8. Kellen nearly pulled out an upset at #6 singles, going up 8-7, only to force the tiebreaker, which needed to go to 9 before his opponent eked out his two-point victory following a bad call, losing the tiebreaker 7-9 and the match 9-8. Even Liam had to dig deep at #3 singles, pulling away at the end with a 9-7 victory.

Doubles looked more promising in terms of the split. Thomas and Dillo found energy in one another, playing consistently throughout the match and going for more winners. They tied at 8-8, forcing a tiebreaker. With the tiebreaker came a new level of pressure and their opponents' momentum, however, and they quickly succumbed to superior serving, shots out, and two into the net, dropping the tiebreaker 2-7. Liam & Branch, likely the winningest duo this season, uncharacteristically struggled with shot placement and getting the ball over the net, quickly going down 2-8. A sure bright spot was the senior/junior pairing of Will M. and Simon, who just a quickly shut down their opponents 8-2.

While the match went to Brewster 2-7, it easily could have been 4-5, or even 5-4 with a few adjustments. Still, more players got to experience JV singles, and there were moments of beautiful points that will make me miss the team as next season gets underway.
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