Mustang Tennis Play Their Hearts Out, 2nd Place at Conference
The Mustangs found themselves in a war vying for a WSC Gold Conference Championship on Saturday at Hinsdale South. Coming into the tournament, Downers Grove South was tied with Hinsdale South in points. In a conference dominated by the Mustangs and Hornets, both teams cruised to the finals at every position. DGS and HS found themselves playing in a heads up battle to decide who would take the conference title, the team winning 4 or more matches wins the conference. DGS and HS quickly found themselves tied 1-1 after Hinsdale South took the 2nd singles position while DGS 3rd singles player Mitch Ludewig (So.) won 6-0, 0-6, 6-3. From there, the Hornets top 2 doubles teams proved to be too much for the Mustangs as the Hornets took the 1st and 2nd doubles positions. The Mustangs would need the last 3 positions, 1 singles, 3rd and 4th doubles, to take the conference. All 3 positions turned into absolute wars as play waged on for 3 hours. In an exciting up and down match, Eric Herstowski (Jr) and Nick Raso (Jr) earned themselves the title of conference champion at 3rd doubles with a 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(3) victory. Next, at the 4th doubles position, a team of freshmen, Berkhay Ozgen and Mike Wronkiewicz stepped up after a 1st set defeat, coming back and winning the 2nd set in a tiebreaker. All the while, senior captain Lawrence Hiquiana battled Hornets senior captain Peter Alex in two extremely tight sets. Hiquiana dropped the first set 6-4 and found himself down 2-5 in the second set, one game from surrendering the match. Hiquiana showed grit clawing and breaking back to serve at 4-5. In a 15 minute 10+ deuce game going back and forth, unfortunately Hiquiana was unthroned by Alex earning the Hornets the conference title. Ozgen and Wronkiewicz at 4th doubles continued to fight, but lost a tight third set to the Hornets. Despite a 2nd place finish and high hopes for the title, the Mustangs left the match feeling content as absolutely everything they had was put into the tournament. One day does not define the season for a Mustang team that has outperformed expectations throughout the season with a 17-6 dual record and great finish after great finish in weekend tournaments. The Mustangs hold their heads high embracing the battle that took place this weekend knowing they played their hearts out and every ounce of will they had was put into the tournament. The season progresses on as the Mustangs continue the postseason series preparing for the sectional tournament this upcoming Friday and Saturday at Proviso West. Come support the Mustangs as we look to qualify for the state tournament. It was a GREAT day to be a Mustang!!!