LENOX -- It had become commonplace to see Rohan Shastri be one of the first two Greylock players to leave the court with a win in his back pocket. The rest of the Mount Greylock boys' tennis team then needed to earn the final points for a victory.
The roles reversed Thursday in the Western Massachusetts Division III championship.
Greylock had two wins when the first two matches were completed, but neither came from Shastri. As a light drizzle fell on the courts, he dispatched Tanner DeVarennes, and the Mounties topped the Wildcats, 4-1.
"It feels so good to be back ... Just an unbelievable team effort. We were nervous about this match because Lee played us very close last time," Shastri said. "I wasn't thinking about ‘oh man, I can clinch it.' It's just for the win, it's just for the team, and that's the best thing."
The coincidence wasn't lost on his teammates.
"He's normally finished pretty quickly, but yeah," it's probably the first time he's been the clinching match, Jake Foehl said. "And it's fitting that it comes in the Western Mass. championship for him."
Nyein Soe quickly earned his point at No. 3 singles by blowing past Jordan Williamson 6-1, 6-0. The No. 1 doubles pair of Foehl and Will Nolan rallied in the second set for a straight-set victory, bringing the Mounties within a point of the title.
Shastri then secured the team's third point after struggling through what he called a sloppy performance. He won 6-1, 6-2.
"For me, I don't want to sound cocky because I'm very happy I won, but in no way did I play my best today," he said. "I served really well, which helped me out a lot. I just fought and competed, which was the bigger thing today."
Foehl and Nolan also battled through a tough stretch. The tandem cruised to a 6-0 win in the first set, but quickly fell behind 4-1 in the second. They never let Jack Harding and Joe Winston win another game. The Mounties won five straight games for a 6-4 win.
"Their doubles team had a great match, but it was really nice to finish that up in two sets and know that Rohan was our clinching point because we needed him to be," Foehl said.
Both second singles and second doubles finished up by playing a super tiebreaker instead of a third set because the outcome was already decided.
The pairing of Alex White and Nathan Majumder was able to hold off Mike Eckert and Matty Kelley 10-8 in the breaker for Greylock's fourth point. They won 6-2, 4-6 (10-8).
"It's mentally challenging because we come off that first set, we were dominating, we were feeling good," Majumder said. "[We] had our big letdown in the second set, which we shouldn't have lost. To have to go in and play such a short, it's not even a full set. A 10-point tiebreaker anything can happen. ... Once we focused ourselves, it was a lot easier."
Jonah Majumder was last off the court. He rallied in the second set to force the tiebreaker, but couldn't hold on. Andy Consolati earned Lee's lone point 6-4, 4-6 (10-7).
The win sends the Mounties onto the state semifinals. They play Bromfield at 4 p.m. at West Springfield High School. The state championship is slated for Thursday, June 13 at St. John's High School in Shrewsbury.
"We've been working really hard all season, knowing that [a Western Mass. title] was the goal," Foehl said. "This was what we were shooting for and now that we're here, it just feels satisfying to know that all of our hard work has gone into something that we actually did."
Mount Greylock 4, Lee 1
Singles -- 1. Rohan Shastri (MG) def. Tanner DeVarennes 6-1, 6-2; 2. Andy Consolati (L) def. Jonah Majumder 6-4, 4-6 (10-7); 3. Nyein Soe (MG) def. Jordan Williamson 6-1, 6-0.
Doubles -- 1. Jake Foehl/Will Nolan (MG) def. Jack Harding/Joe Winston 6-0, 6-4; 2. Alex White/Nathan Majumder (MG) def. Mike Eckert/Matty Kelley 6-2, 4-6 (10-8).