The anticipated battle between CIF-SS Div. 4’s 8th ranked Flintridge Prep Rebels and the 2nd ranked Maranatha Minutemen ended quickly when the Rebels showed up without their top 3 players, forcing them to shift their line-up and go to their bench. No one knows if those 3 players would have changed the final outcome, but it surely would have been a tougher match. As it was, the Minutemen showed up to play and only yielded 28 total games the entire match, with doubles only yielding 6 of those games.
Especially noticeable was the focused play from the #3 singles and doubles spots, Nico Engling and Kenny Cho/Tim Huang. Cho and Huang only gave up one game all day, while Engling showed a fighting spirit to win competitive matches against the #2 and #1 Rebel players.
Also of note was the presence and play of #2 singles, JP Collins, who was in Washington DC yesterday at the US Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit Confirmation of his father, nominee Daniel Collins. Wanting to be there for his team, he flew back this morning and headed straight for classes. Playing on fumes, Collins understandably wasn’t at his best; yet he found a way to keep his energy high, dictate the pace, and get the job done.
The 5-0 Minutemen’s next match will be an uphill battle as they face their toughest opponent to date, the powerful Temple City Rams. The Rams are the 5th ranked team in CIF-SS Div. 2, two divisions higher than Maranatha. The match will be on 3/19/19 at Pasadena High School.