Sometime during their match against Cartersville, the Canes’ Drew Adsit learned that his opponent was undefeated.
“Once I heard that, I was determined to hand him his first loss [of the season],” said Adsit, the Canes’ No. 3 singles player.
That he did, winning in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, and, at the same time, giving the Canes a 3-2 victory over Region 8-AAA’s No. 4-seed.
The first round, state playoff match was tied 2-2 when Adsit took the court.
Having already won were Trevor Gotkowski, 6-0, 6-0, and the doubles team of Tyler Hill and Matthew Scott, 6-0, 6-0.
“It came down to Drew once again,” Cartersville head coach Melissa Moore said. “He’s been the deciding factor in several matches we’ve won.”
Adsit’s most important deciding match came in the region championship, when his victory propelled Cartersville into the Class AAA state playoffs.
“I like the pressure, but it can be scary at times,” said Adsit, who is only a freshman and has been playing tennis for two years. “That feeling [of being scared] quickly disappears, as it only makes me want to play better.”
The Canes’ boys’ tennis team will look to play even better in the state playoffs’ second round.
Who their second round opponent is will be decided later.