Not knowing how to lose when the going gets tough will usually yield a victory.
Or a state title. Or a couple of state titles.
Skyview senior Andrew Kabacy defended his Class 4A state singles title with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 victory over Clemente Varas of Eastlake of Sammamish on Saturday at Columbia Basin Racquet Club in Richland.
That win came on the heals of a semifinal victory over 4A Greater St. Helens League rival Gunner Harlan of Battle Ground, 6-3, 7-5.
“That match really helped me prepare for the final,” Kabacy said.
And facing an unknown opponent brings an added challenge.
“I just go in there expecting him to be the best and I have to be at the top of my game,” Kabacy said of playing Varas for the first time.
Skyview coach Jay Gowen said Kabacy was “pretty much locked in from the beginning.”
“I’ve never seen a kid who can take it to a new level when his back is to the wall,” Gowen said. “He just doesn’t know how to lose.”