Perhaps the most surprising result from the 4A district boys tennis tournament Thursday was not who won the singles title, but who finished second.
Camas junior Akash Prasad beat teammate Shiva Narayanan, a sophomore, when Narayanan had to stop in the second set due to an ankle injury while trailing 6-0, 3-0 in the final at Vancouver Tennis Center.
Narayanan, seeded fifth, moved to the area with his family from India prior to the season and had only ever played on clay courts. The high school season is played on hard courts. And throw in that he sprained his ankle early in his semifinal win over No. 1 seed Naman Thawani, a senior from Union, only made his runner-up finish that much more incredible.
“I was very consistent and was trying to get into his head,” Narayanan said of his 6-3, 6-4 semifinal win. “I just kept calm and played the points out.”
Narayanan had his ankle wrapped for the final, but could not continue to the end.