GOSHEN, Ind. – In the majority of team tennis matches, the official team result is decided with numerous matches still being played out on the courts. Most often, the attention of all in attendance does not get turned to one match, with the result solely affecting each team's hopes of a win.
The common was not reality on Sunday as the Goshen College men's tennis team and all those on hand - gathered to watch junior Krishnan Ganesan outlast Joe Scott in a third-set tiebreaker. The victory - coming at No. 4 singles - gave the Maple Leafs a 5-4 victory over visiting Saint Joseph College. snapping a five-match skid.
"This was a great team win that was a long time coming," said 14th-year head coach Stan King. "It was neat the way Krishnan's teammates gave out a yell as they rushed from an adjacent court to surround and hug him the instant the last point was finished. I'm sure that's something Krishnan and the team will remember for a long time."
The match lasted for over an hour after all the others had cleared the courts. Ganesan dropped the first set 7-5, but won the second 6-3 to send it to the decisive third. Both players were broken to start the final set, but then held their serves into the tiebreaker. Ganesan then jumped to 3-1 and 6-2 leads in the tiebreaker before finishing it off 7-3.
"Both teams and fans were cheering on their players with each point, including some very long rallies," King added. "He put it away when his opponent's backhand went into the net, an uncommon event in this match as his opponent was stingy with unforced errors. Typically, Krishnan had to earn his points with outright winners or shots too difficult to return."
While Ganesan's match was the focus at the end, a lot of tight matches got the teams to that point. Goshen was able to take a 2-1 lead into doubles action with an 8-6 win at No. 1 (Csaba Laszlo and Jon Kaasa) and an 8-4 victory at No. 3 (Ganesan, Ryan Wenegerd).
The Maple Leafs also took wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles. Laszlo won 6-1, 6-2 for his ninth win of the season and fourth in a row, while Balazs Pirot completed a 7-5, 6-4 victory in the No. 2 spot.
Goshen (3-6) will conclude the Crossroads League regular season when they host Bethel College on Tuesday.
Goshen 5, Saint Joseph's 4
1. Laszlo/Kaasa (G) def Arthur/Scott 8-6
2. James/Imel (SJ) def Pirot/Buschert 8-3
3. Ganesan/Wengerd (G) def Adam Meeker/Andrew Klump 8-4
1. Csaba Laszlo (G) Seth Arthur 6-1, 6-2
2. Balazs Pirot (G) def Danny James 7-5, 6-4
3. Reid Imel (SJ) def Jon Kaasa 6-2, 7-6(7)
4. Krishnan Ganesan (G) def Joe Scott 5-7, 6-3, 7-6(3)
5. Joe Bomben (SJ) def Ryan Wengerd 6-3, 6-1
6. Carl Fisher (SJ) def Daniel Buschert 6-0, 6-2
Bomben/Fisher (SJ) def Adam Weaver/Austin Loucks 6-1
Adam Meeker (SJ) def Seth Krabill 8-2
Andrew Klump (SJ) def Jackson Beck 8-2