The Lely girls tennis team cruised through their match, but the boys had to rally to win their match against Estero on Tuesday at Lely’ s new tennis courts.
Never without superlatives, boys coach Daniel Johnson called the deciding doubles match “a royal crown jewel of a moment, the Hope Diamond, le Palais à Versailles of team triumphs.”
Estero pounced early, winning three of the first four singles matches.
Sophomore Eli Smith came back from being a break down to give Lely a new life in his 8-4 Pro Set win. All players’ matches went to 8 points, instead of regular sets because the new courts don’t have lights.
Juan Serna won his singles match, then teamed with senior Captain Trevor Conte, who shook off a tough singles loss to even the match at 3-3.
Senior Matt Benito then teamed up with Smith to dominate their opponents, giving Lely a hard fought victory to move Lely’s record to 2-1.
With darkness closing in, Johnson thanked “the taxpayers of Collier County and the administrative team that made the new courts possible.”
On a shorter note, athletic director Matt Kuk, filling in for coach Kevin Smith, said, ““It was great to get our first win on the season. We will try to keep the momentum going in practice, in preparation for our upcoming matches”
The Lady Trojans, 1-2, breezed through their matches.
Alex Barrett, Karen Greenidge, Casey Mendel, Noadia Saint Louis and Sina Huber won in singles. Barrett-Greenidge and Mendel-Saint Louis won doubles matches.