Kinnick's Daniel Posthumus becomes his school's first Far East boys singles finalist since 2008 and DODEA-Pacific's first in nine years. BEAU BLACK/SPECIAL TO STRIPES
Kinnick's Daniel Posthumus becomes his school's first Far East boys singles finalist since 2008 and DODEA-Pacific's first in nine years. BEAU BLACK/SPECIAL TO STRIPES

Tennis: Posthumus rallies to reach boys singles championship

Stars and Stripes

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa – Put that dreadful first set behind you. Accentuate the positive moving forward. And get that lucky racket you’ve been keeping in that bag of yours.

That’s what Daniel Posthumus did Friday, and the Nile C. Kinnick senior said it helped him rally past Robert D. Edgren junior Ryken Calleros 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 to become the first DODEA-Pacific boys player to reach a Far East tennis tournament singles final in nine years.

“I realized I had to stop making simple mistakes and put the pressure on him,” Posthumus said after his semifinal victory. “I changed to my lucky racket and tried to become more positive. And coach (Nico Hindie) hyped me up after that first set.”

But it wasn’t easy, and Posthumus, the No. 4 seed, gave plenty of credit to No. 8 seed Calleros. The latter reached the semifinals by ousting No. 1 seed Yuki Toyokawa of St. Mary’s in Wednesday’s quarterfinal.

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