Jon Lee is the MAISAD singles CHAMPION! Again!
The tennis team traveled to Kents Hill School on Saturday to play the singles tournament under clear sunny skies. It was a very successful day for Hyde Varsity Tennis. Brian Liu`12 fought hard but lost in the first round to Gould’s 2nd singles player. Ignacio Sanchez`13 beat the number 3 singles player from Gould in a first round pro-set 8-3. Then he upset the 1st singles player from Gould in the next round, beating him 8-4. Ignacio faced the number one seed in the tourney in the next round. He had played a lot of games at this point, but played his best tennis of the season in the first set of this match. He got up early on the 1st singles player from Kents Hill leading him 5-4 in the first set. Many of the games had long rallies and it was some of the most exciting tennis of the day. Unfortunately, his opponent rallied late in the set to take it 7-5. Ignacio fell 1-6 in the second set, but played very well throughout.
Jon Lee`12 went into the tourney as the defending champion. He faced the same opponent this year in the finals that he beat last year. When they squared off earlier in the season, they each won a match. Jon winning the most recent contest between the two of them. Like his opponent, Jon had played and beaten two other opponents to make it to the finals.
The first set was played quickly as Jon struggled to find his rhythm early in the match. He was forcing winner shots and missing long on many close ones at baseline. Consequently, he fell 6-2 in the first set. During the break between sets, he regained focus. He went into the second set with a different strategy, focusing on playing the ball back to his opponent and taking winner shots only when the opportunity presented its self. This resulted in some really long rallies, one lasting at least 3 minutes. Jon won that point and there was a nearly tangible feeling of shift in momentum. Jon’s smart play and consistency, slowly and steadily wore his opponent down. Midway through the second set it was clear his opponent was fatigued and struggling. Jon was up 5 games to 2 games and serving out the potentially last game of the set when his opponent came up lame with a leg cramp. Jon led that game 30-15, only needing to win two more points to take the second set. Unfortunately, the Kents Hill opponent was unable to return to play and had to forfeit the match. It was tough to see such a competitive rivalry end in this way. Jon was a true sportsman and gentlemen, helping his opponent off the court and wishing him a speedy recovery. It was a bitter-sweet victory, but one he rightfully earned.