After the first round of the Southern Section girls' 2-A team tennis finals Tuesday at The Claremont Club, John Cyrus, Placentia Valencia High School coach, gathered his players around him for a pep talk.
Valencia trailed in sets, 4-2, at that point as a light rain held up play briefly.
Once the drizzle stopped, the Tigers rallied to tie Indio, 9-9, winning the title on number of games won, 79-75.
It was Valencia's first championship after advancing to the semifinals four straight seasons.
"The turning point was the rain," Cyrus said. "It gave us a chance to get off the courts and settle ourselves down. We were down, then we came back and tied them, 6-6, after the second round. We had the momentum going into the third round."
Valencia won by taking seven of the nine doubles sets. Diane Ewing, the Tigers' No. 1 player, won Valencia's only two singles sets. Indio took the other seven sets.