Tournament experience paid dividends for the Marshall High boys' tennis team this season, especially in last week's City Section 3-A Division championship match against Eagle Rock.
Marshall, which cruised into the final with a 16-0 record, found itself trailing, 13-7, at The Racquet Center in Studio City before the Barristers' singles players drew on their experience and came back for a 16 1/2-13 victory.
It was the first championship for fourth-year Coach Eshwar Sitaramya and the school's first since 1984.
"These players have a lot of experience playing on their own," said Sitaramya, whose teams had lost in the second round of the playoffs the past two years. "In previous seasons, we had maybe one player with that kind of experience.
"It makes a difference."
It certainly did against Eagle Rock, which came out playing aggressively and won six of nine sets in doubles.
Marshall, however, came back on the strength of its singles players, especially No. 3 player Eric Clemente and No. 4 Chris Soong.