ONE LAST RIDE
Written by Ajay Mahenthiran
Sweat dripping down my face. Bone-chilling weather. Packed stands. This was the atmosphere of our semi-state match last year against Homestead and one of my favorite memories from my high school tennis career. We were down 0-2 after losing both doubles and the pressure was on singles. Maurquis dropped the first set and Homestead was looking like the favorite to reach the state finals. I was able to play a solid match and come out with a win at 2 singles over a very strong opponent. Next, Maurquis was able to turn it around and win the second set and carry his momentum into the third. Before I knew it, the match was tied at 2-2 and we were watching Ian find a break in his third set to go up 5-2. We were all excited and saw the state finals in reach. However, Homestead’s #1 Daniel Gilbert was not going down without a fight and soon was back on serve down 4-5. Ian fought back to eventually clinch a match point that would send us to the finals and our whole team swarmed the court to embrace him.