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David Hahn dominates with heart!!

Posted Thursday, March 31, 2011 by Coach Cavanagh
The Connetquot Tennis team started the 2011 season 0-2, losing all 14 matches played. Granted the level of competition was tough, but still the team was a bit down. They quickly turned to their Captain David Hahn to get them back on track. In Monday's match against North Babylon, David took the court on a mission. He quite possibly played his best match of his career. Making few mistakes and piling on his opponent with pinpoint shots and serves. He dug in at the baseline and just pushed his opponent around. He gave Connetquot their first point of the season that eventually led to their first win.

It was Tuesday however, that we realized the value of David. He again took the court in his normal position at fourth singles against the team's archrival Islip. I was aware that we needed David to win as the first three singles spots were going to be challenging for our young team. Well for whatever reason, the wind, the courts, the bus ride, David was just not there. He was approaching on balls to his opponent's forehand and quickly getting passed. He was flopping on easy volleys and his big serve, just wasn't hitting. He was in trouble and down 3-5 in the first set. David looked at me for answers that I just didn't have. Anyone that has been on the court in a situation like this will quickly learn, the answers can only come from you. Well David decided to search for those answers. He dug deep and somehow willed himself to a first set 7-6 (5) victory. As the coach, I was so proud of him and thought he would easily roll in the second set as he took the first game. By the time I made it back around to David's court I was hoping for a happy result, but instead he was down 2-3 and still not feeling his game. Again, David was going to have to dig deep. He put a smile on his face and forced himself across the finish line winning the next four games to win the most important 4th point for the team. Again,I was proud of David, but I knew he was unhappy with his play, because he expects the best of himself at every turn. Sometimes as players, we learn more about ourselves on days like that then we could ever learn from a perfect performance.

In a side note to the actual tennis, we all learned a lesson at the next day of practice when Coach Nelson read a letter that was dropped off at our athletic office earlier that day. It was from the parent of David's opponent from Islip. She wanted to take the time to thank David for being such a wonderful opponent to her younger son. She was unhappy with how her son had represented himself and she wanted to let David know that his attitude and graciousness did not go unnoticed. Only the honor and grace of our "Gentle Giant" would make a parent of an opposing team want to thank him for being, well... him. I love having David on my team, for his forehand, his serve, his overhead, but most importantly I love that David represents me and our program. Thank you David!!

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