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Mercer Island boys tennis | Sports preview
Coach: Ryan Pang
Number of athletes: 65 total, 16 on varsity
Last season: The Islanders won the 3A state title last spring, and had an undefeated regular season.
Strengths: “We are full of upperclassmen this fall with eight juniors and two seniors,” said new head coach Ryan Pang. He added that the team has a strong sense of leadership on the court.
Focus: “Team chemistry, making sure we all have the same goals, and we are all each other’s biggest supporters,” said Pang. “Team discipline; I know from past experience, from playing for MI years ago, how easy it is to start a season complacent.” He said that he plans on working with the team to make sure every match is important.
Captains: Brian Hou, Henry Smith and Matt Seifert.
“My team captains are great organizers, responsible, good role models and have lots of energy and enthusiasm,” said Pang.
Game to watch: Newport and Bellevue.