"I don't feel any different," said Mercer, woman of few words.
Mercer and partner Braddick Price took No. 1 doubles, with Mercer blasting a signature ace to finish a 6-1, 6-4 win over Parkersburg's Cassandra Powell and Amber Kesterson. Katie Huck and Lauren Mahaney blew by GW's Jacqueline Teed and Marie Skaff 6-1, 6-3 in No. 2 doubles.
Rachel Subik took a hard-fought win at No. 3 singles, defeating Hurricane's Lindsay Goff 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (6-3). The Redskins had just lost at No. 2, with Princeton-bound Vivian Yao losing to Morgantown's Abby Rosiello, a left-hander sure to play No. 1 next year.
But the Redskins had one chance to take home its first runner-up trophy in the day's final match. The No. 3 doubles team of senior Ashley White and freshman Paige Phillips had to beat GW's Sara Moses and Kate Papadopolous.
A win and the Redskins tied Morgantown and won on a tiebreaker. A loss and the Mohigans would take home the trophy.
As it turned out, the match went to the third set, going more than two hours and finishing at 6:22 p.m. By then, Tennis Indoor Center members had gathered for a Saturday night of net fun, with the smell of grilling wafting through the arena.
Finally, White and Phillips got hot in a four-game stretch, taking a 5-1 lead and holding on for a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win.
"Yeah, that really helped. We just focused, for once," White said. "When we get intense, we're a pretty good team."
Did the winning duo know the stakes involved? They didn't until being informed during the break before the third set.
"After the second set, our coach told us that it was up to us," White said. "No pressure."
The entire schedule was played indoors at the four-court Indoor Center, with the Schoenbaum Tennis Courts covered with water. Volunteers and city workers had just about dried out the courts when another round of showers hit.
With all the chaos and limited spectator space of the Indoor Center, players won the compliment of tournament officials - all answered calls to report for their matches promptly.