Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Almanac: Lebo responds to pressure

How much does Josh Smith relish pressure? Enough that he answered the call when Mt. Lebanon needed a victory to clinch its first boys' team tennis title in 17 years.

With the match at Alpha Tennis and Fitness of Pittsburgh tied, 2-2, Smith conferred with his coach Augie Garofoli after having split sets with rival Chris Grubb at No. 3 singles.

"If you like having the match on your racket, then let's go for it," Garofoli told Smith.

With aplomb Smith breezed to victory in the third set to complete a 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 win that sealed Lebo's 3-2 triumph against Shady Side Academy in the WPIAL Class AAA championship.

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