Sometimes amazing things come in the most discreet packages. Such is the case with Chatfield No. 3 singles player John Simpson, who defeated Columbine junior Andy Wright on Sept. 5 at Marker Park in the league opener for both teams.
Though Columbine won the match 5-2 — taking all four doubles matches with their predominately upperclass showing — it was Simpson, a freshman, who stole the show when he defeated Wright 1-6, 7-5, 6-3. After the match, Simpson maturely admitted that he made rookie mistakes that cost him valuable points.
“Being a freshman it is kind of nerve-racking, especially against our rivals Columbine. They are a really good team,” Simpson said.
Simpson’s lack of experience seemed to heighten the tension between the opponents, especially when he rushed to the frontcourt after sending the ball over the net.
Reflecting back on the powershift between the freshman and the junior, Wright noted that when Simpson would make a rookie mistake he could dominate the ball. But then Simpson would remember what he and his coaches worked on and would regain control, causing Wright to react.
“I had to remind myself to slow down and not rush up,” said Simpson, who in-between points motioned with his hands the pace of play he was aiming to achieve.
Columbine won at No. 2 singles behind Kellen Iverson. It also scored straight-set victories at all four doubles, led by fellow seniors Calvin Buecler and Andy Leach at No. 1. They topped Joe Camporeale and Mitch Windemuller 6-4, 6-1.