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Athlete of the Week: Mac Debot

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Pacelli's Mac Debot has been playing tennis since before grade school.

His grandparents got him into it, and he's been dedicated to it ever since.

"When I'm on the court, I always want to win," Debot said. 

He practices twice a week in the offseason and plays in tournaments.  He says doing that helps his match toughness.

"He's steadfast no matter who he plays, he doesn't get intimidated easily, because he plays in the offseason," coach Dan Kiedrowski said.  "He meets a lot of good players. And he's humble in what he does, he doesn't expect to win, but he goes out and works hard."

He said strongest aspect of his game is his net play. He'll approach often and will find many opportunities for easy winners.

"I actually like doing that, it's faster, and I think it actually takes less energy," Debot said.  "It's just a short motion."

Debot lost his first match of the year, and coach say that's a good thing.  Because since then, Debot has won nine in a row, losing just one set in that span.

Mac is Pacelli's number one, meaning he takes on the other team's best player every week.  And when he beats the other team's best, his teammates can feed off it.

"When other guys see him facing someone usually significantly better than the rest of that team, they know that they can do the same and probably win," Kiedrowski said. 

Mac made state last year, but lost in the first round. True to his humble nature, he'll only say that he hopes to do better this year.

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