I picked a good day yesterday to go see my first tennis match at MUS. It was the final day of the Shelby League championships, and MUS faced a tough challenge. Trailing Lausanne, 10-9, with only two matches remaining, the Owls had to win both the singles and doubles titles to claim victory.
Both matches were scheduled for the same time, making it especially exciting for fans.
Will Carruthers represented MUS in the singles championship, and he rose to the occasion. Taking an early lead, Will kept the pressure on his opponent and didn't let up until he had won reasonably handily in two straight sets. Carruthers' victory tied MUS with Lausanne and guaranteed the Owls no worse than a tie for the championship.
That left the pressure on Jack Klug and Brad Ringel in the doubles final against a team from ECS. This was more of a seesaw battle, as the momentum shifted back and forth. But, when the critical moments arrived, Klug and Ringel rose to the occasion and won the decisive points, resulting in another straight set win.
Congratulations to Coach Suddarth and the Lower School Tennis Team for their hard work and Shelby League Championship. As important as the victory was, I was equally glad to see all our competitors conduct themselves as sportsmen on the court, giving a display of character equal to their display of tennis skills.