After Saturday’s close 4-3 loss to Princeton, our Ivy League record stood at 1-3 with 3 straight losses. The disappointment stemming from three straight conferences losses, effectively seeing our dreams of an Ivy League title or NCAA berth crushed, was overwhelming. Perhaps it was their confidence or their experience, but ultimately Princeton was the team who performed under pressure. With their team in a dire situation, Princeton’s 4, 5, and 6 singles pulled out close matches to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 victory against us. While we certainly squandered several opportunities to close out the match, credit has to be given to Princeton for their fight and their performance under pressure.
Luckily, turn-around time was short, as is often the case with sports, and we took the courts again the following day to face-off against Penn. This time, YMT was able to come out with the 4-1 victory to improve our record to 2-3 with two more matches left to go.
While, it’s disappointing to not meet our team goals, I still have several individual goals. I’d like to be Ivy League Player of the Year and receive an NCAA individual berth, both of which are still attainable for me. It’s what I have been working hard for all of this year and I feel fortunate to still be in a position to compete for my goals. With a lot of work and a little bit of luck hopefully I can achieve them!
As per usual, YMT’s biggest fan, my mother, made it out to the matches (she has yet to miss an Ivy match I’ve played in) and this time she even brought along my brother and father! Always nice to have familial support by the court! One more weekend of Ivy League tennis left to go…definitely hasn’t hit me yet that I only have 2 more Ivy League matches in my career