This was a scrimmage match to help the boys prepare before league starts. Number two doubles player, Preston Trieu, said, “We’re playing against a harder team, so we’re just here to get some practice before league.”
Unfortunately for Mesa they were going against a team they couldn’t handle and ended up losing 4 to 14.
Coach Migaki said “We’re trying out some stuff, we’re just trying to practice our dog fighting.”
Before the match number one singles player, Michael Chantos, admitted “It’ll be challenging but it will be fun.”
After the first set, Crean Lutheran put in their sub for their number one singles player with their alternate because their number one player was experiencing back pain.
Co-Captain, Cesar Chavez, said “Our team looks solid but there are a few flukes.”
They were trying to mix things up and find their groove. They put Tam Le, who has worked better as a singles player in the past, with Max Nguyen because they are both at par with each other and make a competitive number one doubles team.
At this match, however, there was a fair share of sharp winds which made it tough for Mesa because of their strategy for this game which was consistency rather than power, and power is needed the most when a player is hitting against the wind.
After Tam Le and his number one doubles partner, Max Nguyen’s second set they began to get worn down. Max began to question if he would play the next set because his elbow was really causing him a lot of pain. But after a brief pep talk with Coach Migaki, Max decided to continue on with the game.
Maybe playing such an advanced team for their first match of the year was not the best way to get their spirits up but now they see what kind of teams they will be up against when league starts. All we can do is wait and see how the rest of their season goes.
When asked about how the boys season will play out Coach Migaki said “The girls [tennis team] set a high bar so the boys have to try to get back to CIF.”
Number two singles player, Diego Hernandez, said, “I feel like going to CIF will depend on if we beat Estancia, but it’s too early to tell.”
Coach Migaki ended with an upbeat attitude, “We have a good balanced team of seniors and underclassmen and we have a sharp team.”