Boys Varsity Tennis
Game Summaries & Headlines.
- Game Date
- May 1, 2019
- SKYHAWKS: 3
TROTWOOD-MADISON HIGH SCHOOL: 2
It took a while, a rain delay and a move to indoor courts, but in the end Fairborn's Boy's Tennis Team finished the job that set out to do back on March 4, and that was to win the GWOC South, as they finished off a sweep of their South opponents on Wednesday night by defeating Trotwood 3-2.
"I am very proud of this team. Tonight is just a culmination of a season long mission. We took our lumps early, but we learned to fight, and to play through struggles, and they learned to trust and help each other. All season they have rooted for each other and helped each other, and this week they took it that extra step. When they weren't on a court playing, they were cheering on their teammates. Tonight we had to move from Trotwood's courts to the Dayton Sports Complex, and everyone who wasn't on the court sat close by and cheered their teammates on, and were genuinely happy for each other."
Before the rains set in, the match at #1 singles was over. Caleb Smith dropped his match 0-6, 0-6.
"I can't say enough positive things about Caleb. He was enjoying success at #2 singles, but he could see that in order for the team to be more successful, he needed to move up to the #1 spot, take his lumps, and help the team gel in the other positions. He actually volunteered to make the move for the team, and that's really when we took off, winning our last five matches in a row, including sweeping through all the South teams."
Janiel Buita is another Skyhawk who sacrificed a little bit of personal glory for the benefit of the team, moving from #3 where he was winning most every day, up to the #2 position, where it was a lot tougher. A perfect example of that was tonight where he ran up against his strongest opponent of the season. Still, the junior was able to win three games in falling 3-6, 0-6.
The first win of the night came from #1 doubles. They were the first group to go out on the court at the Complex.
"This was the match that we knew was going to determine the winner, and it was closely battled to the bitter end."
Fairborn's Silas Smith and Nghi Nguyen lost the first set, 4-6, but were winning 5-2 when the rains came. The break and move indoors benefited the Skyhawks. They finished off set #2 6-3, Then held on for a 6-4 third set win.
Next up was #2 doubles, where Wylie Parker and Theo Pradelle were on the verge of winning, but they had to finish things off. After winning the first set 6-1, they were up 5-2 win the rains came. Once they got indoors, they dropped one game, but took the next for a 6-3 win.
For the second night in a row, the final point came down to #3 singles, and once again freshman Sam Steck took care of business and kept things relatively stress-free. He won the first set 6-1, and was up 1-0 before moving indoors. The last ones to go on, Steck had plenty of time to figure out what was going on, but it didn't seem to affect him. The young Skyhawk rolled in the second set to a 6-3 win, clinching the match and the GWOC South title for Fairborn.
"Sam has improved so much this season, and he earned the chance to play singles. He made us look pretty smart as he's gone 5-0 at the position. He is steady, doesn't seem to get rattled, and really impressed everyone who was watching."
This match concluded the regular season portion of Fairborn's schedule. The team finished on a 5 match winning streak, to end up 8-10 overall, 5-5 in GWOC American play, and a spotless 4-0 in the GWOC South. The 8 wins is the most for a boy's team in over 20 years (1997), and completes a four year journey from 1-19, to one win, to five wins and now a South title with 8 wins.
The Skyhawks have a chance to add another exclamation point to their season on Thursday as they travel to Troy for the GWOC Bronze tournament where they should be one of the favorites to take the team title. Play begins at 2:00 at the Park.