By: Kelsey Williams, Spider Women’s Tennis Senior

My favorite memory of college tennis would have to be during my sophomore year when I clinched our dual match against George Washington. With the overall score tied at 3-3, it all came down to my long, three-set match.

My coaches and entire team were lined up on the court next to me cheering me on. Outside the fence, the men’s tennis team, some of my friends and my mom were anxiously watching me battle for each point.

I got extremely tight when I realized that I had the deciding match. I was up 6-5 and only had to win one more game for the match. The score was then tied 6-6 in the third set, so we played a seven-point tiebreaker to finish.

I just kept thinking to myself, “one point at a time”. I was extremely patient and knew that this match determined what seeding we would be in the conference tournament.

I ended up pulling it out, winning 8-6 in the tiebreaker. My whole team sprinted on my court and started jumping up and down while congratulating me. My coaches started calling me “the clincher” because I was always the last one on the court with the crucial match.