The tennis team traveled to Hebron Academy to play the singles tournament under cloudy skies. It was a very successful day for Hyde Varsity Tennis. Will Davis`13 fought hard but lost in the first round to Gould’s 2nd singles player. Wyatt Lichtenger`14 beat the 3rd singles player from Hebron in a first round ‘pro-set’ 8-1. Next he played the 1st singles player from Kents Hill School who was the 2nd seeded player. Many of the games had long rallies and he played some of his best tennis of the season. Unfortunately, his opponent’s consistency, and strength of play, won out and he fell 3-8.
Eduardo Gadsden`13 went into the tourney undefeated in MAISAD play and the number one seed. As such, he had a bye in the first round. In his first match he beat the 2nd singles player from Kents Hill in an eight game ‘proset’, 8-1, to advance to the quarterfinals. Here he was dominant against his opponent, the 2nd singles player from Kents Hill School, beating him 6-2, 6-2.
In the finals he faced off against the 1st singles player from Kents Hill School, who like Eduardo, had played and beaten two other opponents to make it to the finals. It was late in the day and both competitors were feeling the effects of playing a full afternoon of intense tennis. As the match started, the skies darkened and the chance of rain loomed. The first set of play was more competitive than the score might suggest. Many of the games were played with extended rallies and stellar tennis by both contestants. Eduardo won key points at key times to take the set 6-0. After a quick break between sets, they went back out on the court as the wind started to increase and clouds darkened in the southern skies. Eduardo dug deep at the start of the second set, coming to net more frequently and employing a very successful tactic of serve and volley. This resulted in him quickly going ahead 4-0. On his opponents serve, in the 5th game, the match had to be move inside due to rain. Upon restarting, his opponent won a game, but Eduardo took the next two to win the championship 6-0, 6-1. As he has done all season, he played with tenacity and represented himself and his team with outstanding sportsmanship and class. As captain of the Varsity Tennis team he possessed a championship attitude, backed by a strong work ethic and dedicated leadership in times of triumph and hardship. He had a great season and is deserving of the title of Champion.