One win was all it took for Camas junior Akash Prasad to get over the hump.
During their first meeting of the fall season, Prasad lost to Skyview senior Jonathan Hutley 6-2, 6-0.
Then, on the last day of the regular season, Prasad turned things around.
“I had never beaten him before, but for some reason, I got him on an off-day and pulled through,” Prasad recalled of his 6-3, 6-4 victory over the defending 4A district champion.
Prasad carried his win all the way to the 4A district title, the 4A Greater St. Helens player of the year honor, an eventual state tournament berth, and The Columbian’s All-Region boys tennis player of the year.
Even by his own admission, the 2019 fall campaign wasn’t a walk in the park.