DIXON — Down 7-8 in the tiebreaker, junior Elliot Beetz was informed by teammate Brady Frank he needed to win for a Tigers’ victory. All the other courts had cleared because the games were complete or due to the increasing rain. Beetz proceded to win the next three points, including a beautiful shot past his charging opponent which found the back left corner of the court, earning a hard fought three set victory.
“The first set, I was getting whupped 6-2,” said Beetz. “But I had to keep my head up. The second set I fought him all the way and beat him 6-4. Then the tie breaker was neck and neck until I finally got the two-point advantage at 10-8.”
Beetz’s win, along with the victories of the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams, gave the Tigers a 3-2 victory over conference foe Sterling Newman.
“Sterling Newman has always been tough,” said PHS coach Connie Lind. “When Elliot came back with the final three points... that was exciting!”
Frank and No. 2 doubles partner Ian Nichols had no problem in their match winning 6-4 and 6-0.
But seniors Zach Hicks and Tyson Lorenzen had a much more difficult time gaining the victory in the No. 1 doubles match.
In the first set they had to overcome a 4-5 deficit to gain the 7-5 victory. In the second set, they had the option of leaving the court due to rain with a 5-4 lead which would have given them the match, but insisted on playing the entire set. They proceeded to win with style breaking their opponents serve at love.
“I was pushing the ball instead of swinging at it,” Lorenzen said, explaining the first set struggles. “Coach told me to stop it, and I did.”
“We had a lot of confidence going into the second set after the horrific first set,” Hicks added. “We played really well over the weekend. We came in here maybe a little high strung.”
Lucas Bauer fell 6-1, 7-5 at No. 2 singles.
Many of the JV matches were shortened due to the rain. Gaining victories for the JV were the doubles of Aaron Sears and Luke Schultz (8-3) and Matt Butler and Chris Layton (8-0).
• The Tigers fell to Alleman 5-0 at home Tuesday. Bauer played to three sets at No. 2 singles (3-6, 6-4, 11-9) as did Frank/Nichols at No. 2 doubles (1-6, 6-3, 10-4). The lone winner for the F/S/JV was tthe doubles team of Sears/Schultz (9-8, 7-5).
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