It was one of those moments that gets the heartbeat going faster than you like and palms sweaty.

Unless you are a licensed pilot.

Then you just pump the brakes, stay calm and make your way over to the side of the road.

Desert Vista girls tennis coach Angel Singer, who has a private pilot's license, told me the story on Monday as to why the team canceled its scheduled match against Tucson Salpointe.

She could smile now, but a week earlier when the tire blew on their mini-bus filled with 13 of her players while going at high rate of speed on the I-10 it was a bit harrowing.

"I just remembered not to overcorrect like in a plane," she said. "I just pumped the brakes, got it under control and made my way over to the right berm. When I got out there was an older couple in a RV that got over with us to make sure we were OK.

"I guess my hand was still shaking because the nice lady grabbed my hand and said, "Dear, you did a great job.' "

It took an hour and half for someone to show up with a new tire so the match against Salpointe was canceled.

They might get a chance to meet after all because as of Tuesday afternoon Salpointe was No. 1 in the power rankings and the Thunder were fourth, meaning if it stays the same and they both make the semifinals they will finally face each other.

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