For Mesa, the starting line-up consisted of Michael Chantos at # 1 singles, Diego Hernandez at # 2 singles, and Jose Cuevas at # 3 singles. For doubles, there was Tam Le and Max Nguyen at #1, Thuan Truong and Michael Nguyen at #2, and Tony Nguyen and Kevin Nguyen (later subbed in by Preston Trieu at the second set) at # 3. The day before the game, Head Coach Jan Migaki, told the players to be “turbo-charged.” Considering the circumstances, she was right. After the team’s loss to Godinez two weeks ago, it weakened the chances for a CIF Playoff spot. If the Mustangs wanted to make it to CIF, they needed to step up their game.
That meant reducing unforced errors and putting away shots. Throughout the season Coach Migaki has deeply stressed consistency over power and after this win, the strategy definitely paid off. After the return of Michael Chantos to the line-up, the team vastly improved from the two team’s last match-up on March 15. Improving the score from 11-7, singles player Michael Chantos and all three doubles teams were able to sweep Saddleback.
The team’s #1 doubles team, Tam Le and Max Nguyen, remain undefeated with a score of 18-0 for the season so far. Their play style includes Tam attacking the net, while Max controls from the baseline. This strategy has proven effective even against stronger teams such as Estancia and Laguna Beach. Marking down this win, the Mustangs are at a record of 3-3, and are hoping for another win as they play Estancia at the Eagles’ home courts this Friday.