After Syosset's Dylan Granat and Daniel Shleimovich dropped the first set Saturday, experience kicked in and they flipped the script.
Facing a stiff test from second-seeded Patrick Hannity and Sean Mullins of Cold Spring Harbor in the Nassau tennis doubles championship at Oceanside High School, the top-seeded pair from Syosset prevailed 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 after winning the last two games of the third set.
Granat had been in a similar situation last year, when he and Henry Tell erased a 1-0 deficit but dropped the third set.
"I think I've matured from that for this year," said Granat, a senior who plans to attend Bentley University in Massachusetts. "I was able to calm Daniel down a little bit. He was getting frustrated a little bit. We both calmed down, got down to it and did what we needed to do."
Both tandems, as well as Great Neck North's third-place team of Alan Delman and Simon Kashfi, earned spots in the state tournament, which will begin May 28 at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows.
"Obviously we're really confident heading into states," Shleimovich said. "We just beat two really good players."
Granat and Shleimovich, a junior, said they have been friends for three years. This was their first year paired together.
"From the first time we played in practice together I think it went pretty well," Shleimovich said. "Him and me get along pretty well, and I think that translated onto the court."
Earlier in the day, Plainview JFK's Yuval Solomon defeated Sewanhaka's Keegan Morris 6-1, 6-1 in the Nassau singles championship.
Both Solomon and Morris as well as Jericho's Brady Berman, who took third place, earned trips to the state tournament.
Solomon, a sophomore and the top seed, used his range and aggression to outlast the second-seeded Morris.
"I knew I had to make him run because he's a very good player," Solomon said. "I need to be aggressive and play smart, and it worked."
Solomon was on the precipice last year, falling to Port Washington's Ben Rosen in the county final and, according to Plainview JFK coach Nick Ventimiglia, taking New York's top seed to a tiebreaker in the third set before falling in the first round of the state tournament.
In addition to winning the 2015 championship, Solomon is 18-0 and has lost one set all year, Ventimiglia said.
"I think he's going into states with a full head of steam," Ventimiglia said.