JERICHO–Having to forfeit their second doubles match due to low numbers, the North Country boys tennis team started out their afternoon already down one match to nothing to the MMU Cougars.
With the momentum against them, they promptly went out and won three of their first four matches to take a three to two advantage with two matches left to play.
Number one singles player Travers Parsons-Grayson had a close first set, winning 7-5, and then had an easier time of it in the second, winning 6-3 to top Dave Brown in straight sets.
Dave Durivage, playing as the number two, was in full control in his outing, beating Nick Eaton 6-3, 6-2.
Zach Tweed had a close match with Brad Adair in the number three slot. After dropping the first set 4-6, he rallied back to take the second one 6-3, forcing the newly implemented race to ten tie-breaker.
Zach came up just short, losing 10-8 to take the second loss of the day for the Falcons.
"I'm not in favor of it," said coach Gary Atchinson on the new rule. "It favors the lesser players, and it completely eliminates the endurance aspect of the match, which I am a fan of."
Last year, before the rule was implemented, if the match was tied at a set apiece, Atchinson would ask his players what they would like to do: Race to ten or third set?
The answer almost always invariably came back "third set."
Another aspect concerns players looking to take their game to the college level. They play the third set in college, none of this race to ten action.
Also, do coaches now add a best of ten routine to their practice regimen.
If you ask me, it is like deciding a tied basketball game with a free throw shooting contest, but I digress.
Back to the courts.
With Steve Raboin playing, as his coach put it, "well-under control" and Fred Petzoldt hammering home some strong putaways, North Country's number one doubles continued the Falcons' march towards a comeback with their 6-3, 6-3 victory over Liam Jennings and Ben Hallman.
Thomas Durivage put the icing on the cake, securing the win with his 6-4, 7-5 triumph against Matt Blow.
Moaz Knight started well, but an ankle injury slowed him down late, as he fell 6-4, 6-0.
Atchinson was pleased with his team's performance and talked about some of his player's efforts.
"Thomas came through today with some good physical and mental tennis, Travers played well at the number one, and it was a good outing for the Fred and Steve," said Atchinson.
Next on the schedule the Falcons will host Spaulding this Friday on the courts of Prouty Beach at 3:30