Got to play dubs tonight. The Notorious VIC and I played together as usual. We had all 10 guys tonight for a USTA practice so we all got to play each other, somewhat. VIC and I started off with a win in the first set 6-3 against DW and MC. Decent set, one of the guys hadn't played in a month and was rusty on his first serve which is a big weapon for him. Other than that, I thought he played very well. He was crushing my serve back like it was no big deal. OSUBuckeye and Freebird played 2 other guys and won their set. Winners face off.
We started out strong. We served well, volleyed well, shoot, we did everything well. I should mention that I get fired up to play both of these guys. Freebird and I talk a lot of smack and OSU is always competitive, so I was fired up. We jumped out to a 5-0 lead. They held a game and then we held. Whew. Good night. 5 minutes left to go until they closed the club. I figured we would play a few more games for fun and get out of there. My partner and I were far from focused, we were laughing, not paying attention like we should have etc. Down 1-3. Uh oh. They haven't turned off the lights and OSU just pumped his fist when they broke to go up 3-1. It was then I realized these guys wanted this set and it looked like we might just have time to finish it. Crap...
We get back on serve with some decent tennis. We got our focus back realizing that it was still "on". We get to 5-5 and the Owner of the club tells us we have 5 minutes left. Fair enough, it was 10:25 and they close at 10:00. So we decide to play out a tie-breaker, 9 point (since we were playing no ad).
First point, it looked like we had it wrapped up. VIC was about 5 feet from the net with an easy floater that dropped in front of him... I guess it had some funky spin on it because he nearly fell down trying to hit it. He hit a decent shot but the spin pretty much killed him and he had to hit it to one of the guys on the baseline. They hit it back, he volleys it and Freebird smacks the snot out of the ball between us.
Second point, somehow Freebird and I get in front of each other at the net and exchange a few volleys. I finally got the one down the alley on him.
Third point, things got mixed up, OSU was in front of Freebird and Freebird hit him with a volley. It was a good thing because I think we were one up and one back and they were closing in on the 2 up position.
I am not sure how the next few points played out, we won the tb 5-3 on my serve. I came in and closed in on my second volley and hit it down at Freebirds feet for the win. We were lucky to escape that set. I would of rather played it out though. 5-5, we were not far from done anyways.