Brahmas continue to amaze with their excellent play

James Kil, Contributing Writer

The Diamond Bar boys tennis team dominated Bonita Bearcats 16-2. Achieving six bagels in the April 15 match, the Brahmas improved their Hacienda League record to 5-2 and boosted their overall score to 10-3.

“I think it went as expected. We have a very strong lineup and Bonita is down this year, so we took advantage,” coach Dave Hamel said.

The Brahmas singles team, once again, proved to be a difficult team to defeat. Freshmen No. 1 singles player Allen Chen and No. 2 singles player Neil Tengbumroong won all of their matches with ease, allowing the substitutes to take over and continue the winning streak. The No. 3 singles player sophomore Garrett Masuda ran into a little trouble with his first match, losing 6-7, but was motivated by his other teammates to conquer his next two opponents ruthlessly, winning 6-0 for both.

The Brahmas doubles team demonstrated another reason the Brahmas should be feared, winning eight out of the nine matches. The No. 1 doubles team consisting of seniors co-captains Minsong Hsu and Kenny Sakata dominated its matches, only giving up two points throughout their games.

Sophomore David Chee and his partner, junior Russell Chen, did not let the momentum of the other matches disappear, winning all of their three matches in a dominating fashion. After the Phan twins won yet another match for the Brahmas, seniors Albert Phone and Preston Lee subbed in and won the second match of the third round.

As the Brahmas play a couple more games in the Hacienda League, the team is becoming more confident. Even though two league matches were lost to the Rowland Raiders and the Walnut Mustang in close games, the Brahmas are still strong and going to give the other schools in the league a run for their money.

“My expectations for the remainder of the year are for us to continue to work hard, improve our strengths, and get rid of our weaknesses,” Hamel said.

While they keep their eyes on the league title, the Brahmas must stay focused in order to   make the CIFs in perfect shape.

“We will make the playoffs. How far we go depends on how prepared we are, which I know we will be, and how the draw is, who we will face during what round. That has a lot to do with how far we will get,” Hamel said.