Boys Varsity Tennis
Game Summaries & Headlines.
- Game Date
- Apr 8, 2019
- SKYHAWKS: 2
This match was as close as it could be and it came down to a third set tie-breaker at #3 singles. In the end, Northridge's Harley Geisel prevailed over Fairborn's Janiel Buita 10-8 to take the win and deliver a 3-2 victory over the visiting Skyhawks.
"Janiel battled hard in that third set and then the tie breaker could have gone either way. Their boy just made one more good shot, and that was the difference."
This disappointing loss was a lesson to the young Fairborn team about the importance of getting off to a good start.
"We lost four out of the five first sets tonight. The only team that won was #2 doubles, and they had to battle back from a 5-2 deficit to win their first set 7-5. Everyone else lost, and we didn't look real good in losing those first sets, neither did #2 doubles in falling behind 5-2. So we dug ourselves a hole and we just didn't quite have the skill or the ability to make all the shots we needed to pull out the wins in singles.
The two wins for Fairborn came at the doubles positions. The first to come off was the #2 team of Wylie Parker and Sam Steck. After falling behind 5-2 as mentioned earlier, they came all the way back to pull out a 7-5 first set win. They cruised in the second set 6-1 to pick up the first point for the Skyhawks.
At #1 doubles, Theo Pradelle and Silas Smith struggled to a 3-6 first set loss. They had started to play better as the first set ended, and they carried that improved play into the second set which they won 6-3. In the final set they played just well enough to pull out a 6-4 win to take the match.
"I'm proud that our doubles teams were able to right the ship on each court and pull out the wins. Sam and Wylie (#2 doubles) straightened themselves out in time to win their first set. They just need to be more focused in warm ups and be ready to play good tennis from the first point of the match. Once they got going they were fine. The same is basically true for Silas and Theo at #1 doubles. They struggled out of the gate, and both of them got down on themselves and quit doing the things they do best. Both teams got a good talking to and if nothing else it woke them up and got them playing more like we expect them to. Once Silas and Theo got a few games under their belt, their confidence improved and then they were fine."
Singles was another story. All three spots were plagued by slow starts. Nghi Nguyen was playing a really strong player at #1 singles, and he dropped both sets really quickly. Caleb Smith (#2 singles) and Janiel Buita (#3 singles) bounce back to win their second sets, but then faltered in the third set.
Caleb Smith fell 2-6 but bounced back to take a 6-0 second set win and had momentum on his side, but he couldn't maintain it and ended up falling 3-6 in the third set.
Janiel Buita lost 2-6, won 6-4, and had a 5-4 advantage in the third set, only to fall behind 5-6 before forcing the tie-breaker. the tie-breaker went back and forth and neither player could establish a lead. Both had at least one match point before Geisel capitalized at 9-8 to take the match.
The loss drops Fairborn to 2-7 on the season. They won't have time to worry about it though as the return to the road on Tuesday as they travel to Piqua for a GWOC league match. Wednesday the Skyhawks travel down the road to Yellow Springs before returning home for their last GWOC North opponent, Greenville on Thursday.