Saturday January 26, 2008 – 12:35 am
Technically its Sunday already, but let's be honest, its still Saturday. Another long day… these individual tournaments are brutal. Waking up early, waiting around at the site, killing time with assorted board games, i.e. chess (Wu def. Clayton), listening to ipods, etc… Sitting around doing nothing takes it out of you. Oh yeah, we play a little tennis as well.
The day had its ups and downs. On the plus side, it is an all Harvard final in the A draw – a showdown of Ermakov vs. Clayton (let's hope Chris' confidence isn't shaken from the beat down delivered to him on the chessboard - if so, things could get ugly quick). On the down side, we had a few injuries and tough losses in the B and C draws. Oh well, I guess that's the way the game is. Do your best, try to improve for next time. At least that's what the coaches say. I am a personal believer in the philosophy of Ricky Bobby, "If you're not first, you're last." Or for that matter, the words of the immortal Nelly, "Two is not a winner and three nobody remembers."
On a more serious note, I think we all did some good things, and we saw what we can get better, which is really what this weekend is all about. However, most of the guys have still have matches to dominate tomorrow. Hopefully we can finish this thing off with an exclamation point.
Kumar also made it to the semis. He defaulted to Clayton for health reasons, so Clayton got a pass to the finals. Ermakov took out sophomore Columbia star Jonathan Wong in a great three-setter in the other semi. Senior Dan Nguyen had lost in the quarters to Wong in another great three-setter.
Kumar and Ermakov played the match of the tournament in the quarters against a superb St. John's team, eeking out a 9-7 win.
Two other Harvard teams made it to the semi's of the doubles, and will meet continue on Sunday after the singles finals.