Mustangs Outwill Top Competition at Home Team Tournament
The boys varsity Mustangs hosted their 16 team "Team Tournament" this Saturday earning a 5th place finish and the title of Consolation Champions. Every year, players arrive at the courts knowing this will be one of the longest and toughest mental challenges of the year to battle the ups and downs of four tough matches in one day. The Mustangs showed great composure and poise earning wins in 3 of 4 matches on the day. Top performers for the Mustangs were the two singles stars Lawrence Hiquiana (Sr, 20-6) and Mitch Ludewig (So, 16-7) who were both an undefeated 4-0 on the day. Hiquiana was truly dominant winning all 48 games he played on the day as he won every match with a score of 6-0, 6-0. Ludewig showed grit and perserverance breaking down the will of opponent after opponent. It was a special day for the Mustang singles players. The Mustangs began their day with a shutout victory of Rolling Meadows. Of note, Eric Herstowski (Jr, 14-11) and Nick Raso (Jr, 13-5) battled tough opponents earning a tough 6-2, 7-5 victory. Next, the Mustangs faced top competition, Glenbrook South, likely expected to be a top 10 finisher in the state series this season. The Mustangs continued dominant singles play, but could not pull out a doubles match win resulting in a 2-3 defeat. Next, the Mustangs got the match they wanted, a rematch against crosstown rival, DGN. In the tighteset match of the day, with 2 matches apiece, it came down to the match at 3rd doubles of team Jon Maghirang (Jr, 16-6) and Tanuj Singh (Fr, 14-7). After splitting sets, the Mustangs won a tight match tiebreaker to earn the revenge victorry for the Mustangs over the Trojans. The Mustangs found themselves in the consolation final against a tough Fremd team. It quickly became apparent that the Mustangs were simply the more mentally and physically prepared team outwilling Fremd at 4 or 5 positions for a 4-1 victory. In one of the best matches of the day, 1 doubles team of Matt Garcia (So, 16-10) and Nolan Orth (Jr, 17-9) dropped a competitive 1st set before breaking down their opponents with a dominant 6-0 second set and 10-6 tiebreaker to clinch the match for the Mustangs. This earned the Mustangs 5th place in the tournament, a great feat for this young squad. Looking forward, the Mustangs have their remaining conference matches of Proviso East and Leyden this week. As usual, it was a GREAT day to be a Mustang!