This season has been full of ups and downs for Elkin sophomore and tennis standout, Ryan Macy. He had an outstanding regular season with the Elks, and ended his season on the highest note possible by winning a 1A state championship.
Macy’s win was his chance at redemption. After losing in three sets to Max Vicario from Pine Lake Prep in the Regional finals, Macy bounced back on Saturday to earn the title of NCHSAA 1A Individual State Champion. Macy is familiar with Vicario, he not only lost to Vicario in the Regional finals, Macy also lost to the same player in the state semifinals last year when he was a freshman.
“It was great (to win). Mainly because I lost to the same player last weekend in the regional finals,” Macy said. “It felt great to come back and win this time around.”
During the championship match, Macy lost the first set 6-4, won the second set 6-2, and won 7-6 in the third set. Macy then went on to win the tiebreaker, 8-6. When Macy went down in the first set, he knew he would have to battle back to win the second set and the third set.
“I think that I really just thought to myself that it was the start of a new set and just to forget everything that happened in the first set. I really just needed to start fresh and continue playing my game so that hopefully things could go my way,” Macy said. “I also knew that I had to keep a lot of balls in the court and not miss. (Vicario) was having a little bit of trouble with his backhand so I focused on keeping the ball to his backhand.”
Macy also received a few tips from Elkin tennis coach Tony Duncan. Duncan told Macy after he lost the first set, that he needed to regroup and start over. Duncan also gave Macy advice in the third set.
“He told me after I was down 4-1 in the third set, to show a lot of heart and leave it all on the court,” said Macy. “I feel like that really helped me to come back in the third set and win.”
While it’s impressive that Macy won the championship, what is also impressive is that he is the second member of his family to win a state championship in tennis. His brother, Tyler, won an individual championship and a doubles championship while at Elkin in 2012 and 2013. Now that Macy has his own title, he knows he won’t be picked on as much anymore about his tennis title.
“It’s great that now I have also won (a championship),” Macy said. “My brother can’t hold that up against me anymore.”
Macy still has two years left at Elkin, next year he is looking to get back to the state championship and win back-to-back titles. Macy will be able to add his name to a long list of winners from Elkin — the school has had titles in 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2013 and now 2016.
Kristian Russell can be reached at 336-258-4052 or on Twitter @YadkinElkSports.