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Nate Andaya

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Mustangs almost beat upper division foe

The Capuchino boys tennis team almost beat upper division foe El Camino team on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 on the Mustangs home court 3-4 on the last match on the last set.

Capuchino's number one ace Mark kofman started the team match against El Camino by marching through his opponent systematically with a comfortable 6-1, 6-2 win. Mark improved his win record to 3-2 for the year. Mark blew past his opponent faster than you can say "game, set, match"

Jhon Simon felt the satisfaction of his first win of the 2012 season although it looked grim when he was behind 2-5 in the second set after losing the first. His resurgence, inspired play and increased belief helped overcome the deficit as he came back to win the second set. The third set was neck and neck until the ninth game where he broke serve then held his serve to cap a close match.

Rookie Daniel Gonzales first learned he was slated to play singles only half an hour before he took the court to play the Mustangs number four spot. Daniel normally manned the number two doubles spot. Daniel's lack of experience showed in the first set but he quickly made adjusted and got comfortable in the position to play close in the second set. The sophomore netster with smart play will be an asset to the Mustang singles lineup in their crucial upcoming league matches.

Capuchino's top doubles tandem of Adam Magni and Nathan Chan had some misgivings when they took the court against the Colts of El Camino. Although their partnership had been improving the duo were still looking for their first win of the season. Wednesday looked like a good day to do that. Even though Adam and Nathan lost a first set tiebreaker set they did not panic. There was a sense of confidence in their play as they asserted their effort to get an early lead in the second set and cruised to a 6-3 second set to tie the match at one set all. The pair got an early 2-0 lead only for Adam to be broken after a 40-love lead. Adam and Nathan lost focus for a moment to get behind 2-3 but showed mettle and comfort level with each other as the match was tied all the way to 4-all. Nathan held serve behind Adam's good net. The pair then broke serve with consistent service return that forced errors from their opponent to provide Capuchino's top tandem with a well deserved win.

Nathan Villavicencio and Nick Eschen had a non-descript match at the number two doubles spot. Nathan is still looking for his first win of the season. He is still looking for a comfort level and position in the team. Nick meanwhile is steadily improving while suffering from growing pains while learning the game under match conditions.

Bryce Dillard and Grover Martinez had to wait for their turn to play the number three doubles spot. It took the new partnership a set to get going. They spotted their opponents a 1-6 first set. Grover, another rookie playing his first match with a new partner, came on court with the team match on the line with Capuchino leading 3-2. His was a baptism under fire in a crucial match. He was lucky as partner Bryce provided a calming influence. Bryce agressive net play helped keep the team close in a losing effort in the second set. The new Capuchino tandem were ahead 4-1 in the second set but could not hold on and went down 4-6.  It was a tough learning experience for Grover but proved he can be an asset to the Mustang team. Next time the tanden has a lead they will know how what to do and will be able to close the set.

Nate came to play. Nate Adaya proved he earned his promotion to the number two singles spot in the Mustang lineup with a play that surprised everybody. The lefthander provided the most drama of the season with the team match tied at 3-all and the winning match in Nate's left hand. Nate was up to the task. He has never looked as determined as had today. Nate was up to the task. The first set showed 1-1, 2-2, 3-3 until it got to 6-all. Even the tiebreaker was a close one as Nate lost it. A surprising second set went to the Mustang's new number two player at 6-1. The third and final set with the team match showing 3-all and all the El Camino players and coaches and all the Capuchino players, coaches and fans glued to the lone remaining set to be played. It was another slugfest as both players held serve and neither could not get an advantage until Nate got behind love-40 on his serve at 5-all. He won the next point but lost the game and could not hold his opponent as the match ended 5-7.

The Mustangs looked like a different team tht nervously beat Half Moon Bay the previous day. The team seemed to have more energy and resolve when they took the court against El Camino. The Mustangs played much better and more confident in defeat than the victory against HMB.


1. Mark Kofman def. Jared de la Pena, 6-1, 6-2

2. Nate Adaya lost to Eric Tran, 6-7(5-7), 6-1, 5-7

3. Jhon Simon def. Marc Lalucis, 2-6, 7-5, 6-4

4. Daniel Gonzales lost to Terrance Wong, 2-6, 5-7


1. Adam Magni/Nathan Chan def. Angelo Pacumio/Patrick Solis, 6-7(5-7), 6-3, 6-4

2. Nathan Villavicencio/Nick Eschen lost to Rico Payson/Kenneth Yu, 1-6, 2-6

3. Bryce Dillard/Grover Martinez lost to Matt Wong/Mario Chan, 1-6, 4-6