On Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. the Maclay varsity tennis for both girls and boys took on Rocky Bayou at home. Maclay was unable to take the win in singles but managed to pull out the victory in doubles to take the overall win. The disrupting wind and rain did not stand in the way of a Marauder victory. 

“Tonight was one of the best matches we played this season,” junior Maria Boulos said. “Our team worked together to clutch a win for both the guys’ and the girls’ team. Because of how well we cheered each other on tonight we kept giving each other motivation to fight for the win.”

The match kicked off with the single matches going first, which is a little out of the ordinary. Normally the doubles match , which is two players from each team, is played first. However, this different setup did not throw Maclay off their game. 

“Usually playing doubles first gives us a good warmup before our singles matches because it’s easier to deal with pressure when playing with a friend but today we worked through the change of plans and ended up winning,” Boulos said.

Just as the match began, weather became a big factor. Short bursts of heavy rain forced both teams to vacate the court for almost an hour. The team was finally able to get back on the court after they were dry. Although both teams suffered from the stop in momentum, Maclay recovered from the delay the quickest.

“The weather affected the way the ball moved in the air, but I think the team did a great job not letting the conditions affect their mentality,” sophomore John Fletcher Butler said.

Maclay continued to dominate for the rest of the match with key doubles wins from junior Bradley Carnes and junior Rowan Gray on the boys side. The doubles wins from both the boys and the girls side allowed Maclay to add another win to their season.

“I feel great going into the city championships. We played three matches this past week to help get us ready and give us a chance to win,” junior Olivia Bastien said. 

The Maclay tennis team’s win will give them momentum going into the upcoming city championships on Monday, March 6.