After a while, Jonah Rebert decided it was time to “take care of business.”
The Lancaster Country Day junior rallied from deficits of 4-1 and 5-2 in the first set and went on to defeat Lancaster Catholic’s Brendan McNamara 7-5, 7-6 (0) to win the Lancaster-Lebanon League Class 2A boys tennis title Monday at Conestoga Valley.
“Pretty great,” Rebert said of his feeling after the win. “It was a long match. You don’t usually expect that.”
In a matchup of two Cedar Crest players in the Class 3A final, second-seeded Dylan Tull knocked off defending champion Jackson Muraika 6-3, 6-3. It was a rematch of the 2017 final, won by Muraika 6-2, 6-0. Muraika defeated Tom Chairs of Manheim Township 6-1, 6-0 last year.
“I’m so happy. It’s hard to contain it,” Tull said. “I play (Muraika) so much, so I know how he plays, (we know) how each other play, so I think it’s just a battle of who’s better on that day, that’s just all it was.”
Last year, Tull missed out on the postseason because of a broken wrist.
“I loved every second of playing Flight One again,” Tull said. “I missed it so much last year.”
Rebert defeated McNamara 6-1, 6-2 in their meeting April 8. As Monday’s scored indicated, McNamara was a different player, and Rebert was well aware of it.
“The amount that he’s improved and the amount that he’s progressed is just incredible,” Rebert said. “He played a great match.”
It was looking like McNamara was the one who would be taking home the title after his early lead in the first set.
“From the first time we played, I had a whole different mindset,” McNamara said. “It’s just going out and playing my game. I had nothing to lose.
“I guess red’s my color,” he said of the second-place ribbon’s hue after his second-straight runner-up finish.
Rebert began his comeback with some help from his coaches.
“I think Jonah just came out a little too hot ... trying to out-hit him off the court,” Lancaster Country Day coach Chris Wilson said. “Once he settled in, I think we saw some good tennis.”
“Just take care of business,” Rebert said of rebounding for the win and living up to his No. 1 seeding. “That’s what our motto is as a team, we want to take care of business and roll through every match that we can.”
Flight winners were Ross Conway of Lancaster Catholic in Two, outlasting Nishant Balepur of Hempfield 7-6 (0), 4-6, 10-8; Jacob Digman of Cocalico in Three; and Alexander Cooke of Hempfield in Four.
In doubles, Muraika and Tull were 6-0, 6-0 winners in Class 3A while Rebert and George Markley defeated defending champ Brady Burns and Devon Clemmer of Pequea Valley 6-2, 6-2 in Class 2A.
Conway and Miles Durrett won 8-5 in Flight Two while Adam Brightbill and Justin Hilty of Cedar Crest won 9-7 in Flight Three.
The next action for L-L players will be the District Three team tournament, which begins Thursday at Hershey Racquet Club.