For Biglerville's Cole Herzing, it was all about an experience.
Last year, Herzing dropped a straight-set match in the YAIAA Class AA boys' tennis singles championship final.
On Monday, at the Wisehaven Tennis Center, Herzing was out for redemption.
Down a set to York Suburban's Michael Hogg, who had chances to close out the match, Herzing was determined to rebound.
"My heart was racing, but I knew I just had to come back," Herzing said. "It actually happened to me in the regular season: I was down three match points and I just had to keep my head and stay concentrated."
Herzing was down 5-6 in the second set but forced and won a tiebreaker, 7-3, setting the stage for a dramatic third set, which the Biglerville senior won, 6-4, to capture the title.
"If this was last year, I would have lost that match. This year, I gained the strategy to keep my head. Keeping my head is one of the most important things in my game," said Herzing, who dropped the first set, 3-6.
In the Class AAA final, top seed Anthony Miserendino of South Western defeated teammate Quin Meyer, 6-1, 6-4. It's the second straight title for Miserendino, who defeated Quin's brother Mack last year.
"It's unfortunate that I have to play a teammate and good friend," Miserendino said. "It's tough having to play your own teammate."
Miserendino and Meyer matched power strokes and kept each on the run, especially in the second set, when Meyer led 1-0, 2-1 and 4-3.
"I thought Anthony played really well," Meyer said. "I wasn't playing my best, and I thought he had a lot more focus at the beginning and my nerves were shot. He was in this position last year and knew how to handle it."
Miserendino, who serves left-handed, but returns with his right hand, used the experience he gained in last season's championship to capture his second crown.
"It's a lot more special to me, because it's two in a row," Miserendino said. "It feels good to get it again."
The South Western teammates will join forces for the league doubles tournament.
In the Class AA final, Hogg won the first set and took the momentum with him to the second set. He was on the verge on winning in straight sets but just couldn't get that final point.
"You just have to play them the way you play any other point," Hogg said of the two match point chances he had.
Hogg, who placed third in last season's championships, was happy to make the finals.
"I never expected to play in the championship match," Hogg said. "It was a blast the whole time."
Herzing, who credited coach Bob Brubaker with calming him down after dropping the first set, led the third set 1-0, 3-1 and 5-2. He held off a late Hogg rally to secure his first title.
"It feels absolutely wonderful. Coming back from last year, losing in the finals, I can't even come up with the words. It's amazing," Herzing said.
In the Class AAA third-place match, Dallastown's John Schmitt beat Red Lion's Sam Innerst, 6-4, 6-4.
York Catholic's Adam Hack defeated Delone Catholic's Adam Fisher in the Class AA third-place match, 6-2, 6-3.
Championship results for the 2013 YAIAA Boys' Tennis Championships at Wisehaven
Class AAA Final
Anthony Miserendino, SW def. Quin Meyer, SW 6-1, 6-4
Class AA Final
Cole Herzing, Big, def.Michael Hogg, YS 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4
Class AAA consolation
John Schmitt, DT def. Sam Innerst, RL 6-4, 6-4
Class AA consolation
Adam Hack, YC def. Adam Fisher, DC 6-2, 6-3