In my previous journal entry, I talked about a crushing defeat in a doubles tennis match yesterday. I also talk about what I learned from that experience. I should never let my guard down. That knowledge paid off for me today.
Today in Varsity tennis practice we played doubles matches to determine our seedings for the match tomorrow against the Fay school. If we lost our match to the team in the seed bellow us would move up a place and we would move down. I was motivated to make sure that didn't happen.
My partner and I started out well. We took the first to games. Then we got a little too comfortable and they took the next three games. At that point I knew we had to come back or else we would be in trouble. Fortunately we pulled ourselves together. We did more than that. We went on a rampage of hitting winners, getting tough shots, and not making any unforced errors. We were rewarded because we took a comfortable 6-3 lead. Whenever we have leads like this we tend to blow them. This time we just let our guard down temporarily. The next thing I knew our lead was cut to 6-5.
At that point I knew that this match was headed to be a replica of yesterdays match if I didn't take action right away. The next game I was serving and I knew I had to be consistent. Hitting a winner was to risky. I just had to hit the ball in.
I walked to the line ready to serve the first ball. "You can do it" my partner whisperred. I slammed the ball into the box for an ace. The play went my way for the rest of the game because I was hitting the way I was supposed to. I was hitting with power and consistency.
We won that game which gave us a 7-5 lead. We were up 30-15 in the thirteenth game. It was the same situation as yesterday. We were up by two games needing to win only two points to assure victory. Last time we blew it. But this time I made sure we didn't. When our opponents final shot went out of the court I knew right away that this time we were victorious. This time we did not let our