Marion, AL—Playing in his first match as a Tiger, Kaiser De Leon, MMI's No. 1 singles player, took a terrible spill in the first set of his match against Lars Bannank, the University of Mobile's No. 1 player. And then misfortune continued to plague De Leon as he lost the first set, 4-6.
Down but definitely not out, the plucky and gritty De Leon found his footing in the second set. In a seesaw affair, the second set bounced back and forth between the evenly matched pair. De Leon claimed the set, 6-4, to even the match at one set apiece.
With the match in the balance, Kaiser "Wilhelm" De Leon took no prisoners in the third set and wound up blitzkrieging Bannank, 6-0, in the decisive set.
"That was an impressive display of tennis in the third set," Coach Wright said. "Kaiser is a true competitor. Kaiser doesn't need the Clapper. When he falls, he gets his butt back up, dusts himself off, and fights to the end. That's an admirable quality to have: grit. Combine his grit with his tennis IQ and you have one heck of a tennis player. He's the real deal."