Oyster River High School's Leo Li hits a forehand return during tennis action Thursday against Sanborn at the Woodridge Park courts in Durham.

DURHAM – Mike Pare likes to test his players.

The Oyster River High School boys tennis coach tries to give them different experiences that will take them out of their comfort zone and put more pressure on them to perform.

Leo Li found himself in such a situation during Thursday’s match against Sanborn at the Woodridge Park courts. Although the junior typically plays at No. 5 singles, he moved up to No. 2 and responded to the challenge by erasing a late deficit.

“I think at that point I was losing faith in myself but I think I got it together and pulled through,” Li said. “I started believing in myself more. I was just trying to keep it in play and hoping he would mess up and I think that’s what ended up happening.”  

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