On Senior Day, celebrating the careers of Billy Tan, Matthew Leiva, Daniel Guan, and JP Collins, the Minutemen were not about to let their seniors down. With an adjusted line-up allowing for doubles stalwarts, Leiva and Tan, to play singles, the Minutemen started off slowly and awkwardly as they tried to get adjusted to their new positions and partners. They eventually came around and by the end of the first round, they secured a 5-1 lead, with doubles teams, Tim Huang/Kenny Co and Collins/Nico Engling, and singles players, Guan, Leiva, and Tan all winning their sets.
The big surprise of the day was the thumping juniors, Jake Scott and Michael Mathews, took in the opening set, losing 1-6. Though longtime close friends, they were not able to bring that synergy to the courts, which sometimes is the case among close friends; sometimes good friends don’t make the best doubles partners. Whether that’s actually true for Scott and Mathews remains to be seen, as the sample size is too small; they may
end up as partners again sometime in the future, but it’s not likely that we will see that pairing the rest of the season.
The second round was smooth sailing for MHS, as they prevailed, 6-0, putting the score at 11-1. In the third round, alternates, Jordan Miao, who subbed in for #1 Daniel Guan, and John Zhang/Zack Yang, who subbed in for Scott and Mathews both lost their sets respectively, 2-6, 5-7, giving Maranatha the 15-3 victory in their final home match of the regular season.
The Minutemen are on the road for the final 5 matches of the regular season, beginning Monday, April 15, as they once again head to Rowland Heights to face the Raiders of Rowland at 3:15 p.m.