LONGMONT — Learning how to harness your emotions when things start to go awry on the tennis court can either make you or break you.
Peak to Peak twins Trisha and Trini Somasundaram each faced adversity on Saturday afternoon in their respective championship matches at the Longmont Invitational, but the way each responded made you wonder if they were, in fact, related.
The calm and steady Trisha rallied from deficits in each set against Loveland's Alex Djoumaliev at No. 1 singles for a 7-5, 6-4 victory; while Trini was down one set and 4-1 (and looking completely defeated) in the second before finding another gear and riding her emotions to a 4-6, 6-4, 10-5 win over Steamboat Springs' Maddie Thompson at No. 2 singles.
It was another big day for the Pumas duo, who have their sites set on next month's first ever Class 3A state tournament in Greeley.
Trisha found herself down 5-3 in the first set to Djoumaliev — a familiar foe that she has faced several times on the USTA junior circuit. But after holding to get to 4-5, she scored the all important break in the 10th game to draw even, closing it out with back-to-back winners.
"Whenever I go on the court, I really don't worry too much about anyone else, I just try and focus on myself," said Trisha Somasundaram, who lost for the first time this season on Thursday to Colorado Academy freshman Sammy Moore-Thomson 6-0, 6-0.
"I want to respect my opponent, but today I want to thank my coach (Eric Farran) for being so inspiring to me."
With momentum clearly on her side, Trisha — who never wavered with her body language despite being down — capitalized on her opponents nerves and closed out the first set against a frustrated Djoumaliev with a break at love.
Trisha Somasundaram rallied again from a 4-3 deficit in the second set, breaking Djoumaliev's serve twice to close out the match.
"I've seen (Djoumaliev) play and played against so many times and every time I want to play harder," Trisha Somasundaram said.
For Trini, some questionable line calls from her opponent had her blood boiling a bit, and it didn't help that she was in a early hole to the Sailors senior.
And where most would have just mailed it in, she found the wherewithal to fight back.
"The look on her face when she was down 4-1, wasn't good," Farran said.
But she won the final five to force a third set tiebreaker and riding high, made quick work of Thompson in the pro-set tiebreaker.
"I got a lot of inspiration from my coach, he told me to pick it up and gave me good tips to keep going," Trini Somasundaram said. "I knew I just had to be consistent and focus on my game and let the frustration with myself go.
"I just had to keep my composure."
The only other BoCo champion on Saturday was the Longmont No. 2 doubles team of Tanna Carson and Felcia Archuleta. After winning a marathon semifinal match against the team from Rocky Mountain, they came back a short time later and outlasted the Dawson's duo of Allie Blank and Anika Banjeree 4-6, 6-4, 10-6 for the title.
Dawson placed third in the 14 team tournament, placing two doubles team in the finals. The No. 4 team of Skylar Schutter and Nicole Hilton lost in three sets to the team from Rocky Mountain.
At Longmont H.S.
Top five team scores — Rocky Mountain 45, Palmer Ridge 42, Dawson School 32, Peak to Peak 31, Longmont 25.
Singles — 1. Trisha Somasundaram, Peak to Peak def. Alex Djoumaliev, Loveland, 7-5, 6-4; 2. Trini Somasondaram, Peak to Peak def. Maddie Thompson, Steamboat Springs, 4-6, 6-4, 10-5; 3. Emma Kerr, Palmer Ridge def. Samantha Shorthill, Rocky Mountain, 6-2, 6-0.
Doubles — 1. Shelby Naill/Courtney Leafgren, Eaton def. Madi Luce/Paiton Rigle, Palmer Ridge, 6-2, 6-2; 2. Tanna Carson/Felicia Archuleta, Longmont def. Allie Blank/Anika Banjeree, Dawson, 4-6, 6-4, 10-6; 3. Abigail Elliott/Cassie Magee, Rocky Mountain def. Cailin Foster/Regina Park, Palmer Ridge, 6-4, 6-3; 4. Olinda Moro Lopez/Ana Elliott, Rocky Mountain def. Skylar Schutter/Nicole Hilton, Dawson, 3-6, 7-5, 10-6.