LENOX -- Rohan Shastri pumped both fists and let out an emphatic, celebratory scream in the direction of his teammates as his opponent, Lee's Tanner DeVarennes, sprawled out desperately trying to reach the last shot of the title match.
The Mount Greylock senior had just won the point that clinched the Western Massachusetts Division III boys' tennis title for his team, and he wasn't about to hide his emotions.
"When I won that final point, I just looked at my friends and teammates and it was just like ‘guys, this is what we wanted,' " Shastri said, his hands wrapped tight to the Western Mass. championship trophy. "We worked so hard for this and it paid off."
Shastri made his return to high school tennis this season after four years away with one thing in mind: A team title.
The Mounties' fourth victory of the season over Lee on June 6, clinched just that. It was Shastri who had the clinching win when he dispatched DeVarennes 6-1, 6-2.
The victory kept Greylock's perfect season intact and sent the Mounties to the state semifinal. They squared off with Central Mass. champion Bromfield on June 12 and were defeated, 3-2.
"This is unbelievable, I'm so excited," Shastri said of the Western Mass. title. "This is what I wanted the whole time. I'm pretty emotional right now."
Shastri had accomplished plenty as an individual on the tennis courts. He rose to No. 1 in the United States Tennis Associations' 18-and-under New England rankings. His first choice for college - Williams - was already in the bag. So he made the decision to play for his high school in his senior season.
It's a decision his teammates are glad he made.
"It kind of boosted everyone's morale," said Jonah Majumder who played in Greylock's top spot last year, but switched to No. 2 this year. "It makes you in awe playing with someone as good as he is. It kind of just makes everyone want to get better. He's kind of a role model for everyone else. He's an example of what we can do if we all work hard and give it our all in practices and matches."
Greylock was already a pretty good team before the addition of Shastri. Last season, the Mounties advanced to the semifinals before losing to eventual champion Lenox. Greylock had dropped just three matches in 2012, and was losing just one player to graduation.
The addition of New England's top player seemed to make them an instant favorite. But the Mounties never let that confidience get inside their heads. All season, the team remained focused on the task at hand and ran through the county on the way to the title.
"As soon as the season started, we knew how far we would make it," coach Stephen Bryant said. "We knew how strong of a team we had, we knew this was a real possibility."
Editor's note: This story has been modified since it was origianlly published.