In the inaugural Minutemen Cup, a match up of Maranatha’s girls tennis team vs.the boys team (played with various handicaps), the girls took advantage of the boys’ handicaps, played tough tennis, pulled ahead early, and never looked back.
The day’s biggest star was singles player, Madison Kane, who played the boys straight up, without any handicaps, and swept. #2 singles (Malena Smith), #1 doubles (Michael Wilkins/Aria Haver-Hill), and #2 doubles (Georgia Wilder/Amanda Yee each started every game with a 30-0 lead, while #3 singles (Stella Wang) and #3 doubles, (Rose Zhang,/Shuhan Yang) not only got a 30-0 lead, but their opponents got only 1 serve.
Yee/Wilder and Zhang/Yang swept their sets, while Wilkins/Haver-Hill won 2 sets. Smith and Wang each contributed one set.
For the boys, singles players, Daniel Guan and JP Collins each won 2 sets, while doubles, Tim Huang/Michael Mathews won one set. Jake Scott, Mattew Leiva/Nico Engling, and Billy Tan/Kenny Cho were unable to overcome the handicaps and win a set.
The boys reserves (John Zhang and Zack Yang) and girls reserves (Molly Mittelberg, Jasmine Chiu, and Fay Sheng) played 3 singles sets, with the winner of 2 sets contributing 1 point to the final team score. With Yang and Mittelberg each scoring a victory, it came down to a tie-break between Zhang and Sheng, with Sheng coming out on top.
The girls were coached by girls assistant coach, Sandra Hsieh, while the boys were coached by boys assistant coach, Wes Ying.
In the end, it was a day of integrating the boys and girls teams and building camaraderie. With lots of parents and family on hand, it was a fun atmosphere of competition and fellowship as well.