NORTHEAST GLENDALE — William Dixon knew the Flintridge Prep boys' tennis team's Prep League match against Pasadena Poly on Tuesday would come down to how well he performed in his final set, but the Rebels' No. 3 singles player had no idea that as soon as he had won a second game he had come through in the clutch.
As he walked off the court at Scholl Canyon Tennis Center, his teammates made sure he knew, however, as the Rebels lined up to congratulate Dixon on clinching a 9-9 (68-65) tiebreaker win over the archrival Panthers that kept Prep firmly entrenched in second place in league.
"When I'm down, 5-0, I'm not conscious about hitting everything in, so I go for my shots and fortunately it worked today," said Dixon, who dropped the first five games of his set against Poly's AJ Singh, in which he needed to win at least two games for the Rebels to prevail, before winning three straight to eventually lose, 6-3. "I had no idea [I had won it at 5-2], which I prefer, because it's too much pressure for me."