Down 2-0 early against Draughn in its singles matches on Monday, the Bunker Hill tennis team rallied behind the play of Stefan Gettys, Braxton Williams and Nick Lee.
The trio, who each fell down a set in their singles matches, came from behind to win the second and third sets, clinching three victories and helping the Bears pick up the 6-3 CVAC win over the Wildcats.
“Something we talked about when we lost to South Iredell last week was showing more heart,” said Bears coach Doug Watters. “We have the talent. We just have to start believing in ourselves. That was a great example of those guys showing heart, putting the effort out there and getting those big wins.”
Dropping a difficult first set to Jesse Powell, Gettys thundered back into his match, taking the second set, 6-1, before winning a tiebreaker in dominant fashion, 10-2.
“In my first set, my serves were horrible,” Gettys said. “I just pulled it together in the second set because I knew I could do better than I was doing.”
Lee also lost an agonizing first set to Aaron Yang, 4-6, which he took responsibility for.
“I really think it was my concentration,” Lee said. “In the first game, I wasn’t really in the mood to play. I definitely felt I put more thought into my second game. The third game I played, my serves got in. That was basically it. I just tried to focus and come back.”
Just like Gettys, Lee won his second set, 6-1, and fought through a competitive third-set tiebreaker, 10-8, to earn his singles match victory.
Williams, a senior, played in the longest of the three matches, enduring a grueling match with Draughn’s Keith Loomis.
After falling 5-7 in the first set, Williams powered back with a 6-3 win in set two followed by a 10-6 margin of victory in the third-set tiebreaker.
“After seeing some of the scores and seeing some people down, I didn’t feel like giving up yet,” Williams said. “Sure, I was down one set. After winning the first, second and third game of the second set, I finished it out hard.”
Closing out the team’s match victory with new partner Sai Vang, Lee said he also tried to use it as a teaching moment for the young freshman.
“I tried to help (Sai) out, talk to him and keep him staying focused,” Lee said. “It was just teamwork trying to help one another out.”
Coming off the victory, the Bears head into a Tuesday match-up with two-time defending state champion Newton-Conover.
Watters said the victory against Draughn will help his team as it continues Catawba Valley 2A play.
“It’s got to be a great boost,” Watters said. “We have the talent. We just have to believe in it, use it and go forward from there.”
Bunker Hill 6, Draughn 3
Stefan Gettys (BH) def. Jesse Powell 5-7, 6-1, 1-0 (8); Austin Helms (D) def. Kris Trihemasava 6-0, 6-2; Braxton Williams (BH) def. Keith Loomis 6-7 (5), 6-3, 1-0 (6); Chris Cannon (D) def. Garrett Williams 6-2, 6-0; Nicholas Lee (BH) def. Aaron Yang 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (3); David Chang (BH) def. Chong Vue 6-0, 6-0.
Powell-Helms (D) def. Gettys-Trihemasava 10-5; B. Williams- G. Williams (BH) def. Loomis-Cannon 11-10 (8); N. Lee-Sai Vang (BH) d Yang-Vue 10-4.
Rafay Malik (D) def. Jossiah Yang 8-1; Keng Moua (BH) def. Daniel Sanders 8-4; Marcos Sanchez (BH) def. Jacob Garland 8-6; Tim Setzer-Javaris Thompson (BH) def. Sonny Vue-Jason Vang 8-5; Cher Yang-Leonard Lee (BH) def. Seth Little-Kong Lor 8-3.