With a dominant showing from singles (8-1), and a 6-0 opening round, the outcome of the match was never really in doubt. This match was more about the doubles teams developing synergy and finding their identity early in the season.
Singles was led by #1 Daniel Guan, who pulled off the “triple bagel,” with a 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 sweep. #2 Jake Scott also swept handily, 6-1, 6-0, 6-2, while #3 Ben Smith took two sets, 3-6, 6-0, 6-4.
#1 doubles, Matthew Leiva/Michael Mathews, and #2 doubles, Billy Tan/Kenny Cho, had their work cut out for them most of the day, each winning close sets (6-4, 7-5), winning easy sets (6-0, 6-1), and having tight final sets stopped due to darkness (5-3, 6-6). The only doubles team to complete three rounds was #3 doubles, Tony Gao/Billy Sun, who went 1-2, 3-6, 3-6, 7-5.
There were bright spots to build on for the Minutemen, as well as shows of glaring weaknesses that will have to be shored up before playing at a much tougher opponent, the Alhambra Moors, on Friday.