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Sports

Four numbers to know from Downers South's state tennis tourney run

Downers Grove North's Mike Yong returns the ball during play at the state tournament Thursday at Schaumburg High School. Yong finished 1-2 at the tourney.
Downers Grove North's Mike Yong returns the ball during play at the state tournament Thursday at Schaumburg High School. Yong finished 1-2 at the tourney.

DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove South boys tennis coach Pete Freischlag doesn't need to do much explaining to describe the Mustangs' success at the state tournament.

The numbers speak for themselves.

All six player contributed as the Mustangs had their best-ever showing at state.

"The kids all exceeded expectations," Freischlag said. "They did exactly what they did all season. We played as hard as we did all season and fought as hard as we did all season."

Some of the key numbers from South's state tournament run:

29 The number of points the Mustangs scored at state, which was good for a fourth-place showing in the team standings, their highest finish ever.

19 Number of matches won by South players.

Tony Leto went 6-2 in the singles bracket and finished sixth. Christian San Andres was 5-2 in singles and earned a top-12 finish.

The doubles teams of Mitch Plys and Lawrence Hiquiana and Ryan McMillan and Zach Wood both went 4-2.

6 All-state finishes turned in. All six athletes finished in the top 32 of their respective brackets.

2 Seniors who played at state. McMillan and Plys are the only players who will not return next season. Hiquiana is a freshman, Wood and San Andres are sophomores, and Leto is a junior.

"Everybody did exactly what we hoped they would do and beyond," Freischlag said. "We had amazing results."

Downers Grove North

Junior Mike Yong went 1-2 at the state tournament with a win in the first round of consolation played.

Seniors Mantas Kisielius and Chandler Downs enjoyed a deep tourney run in the doubles bracket. They went 1-1 in the main draw but rebounded for three straight wins in the consolation draw before bowing out of the tourney.

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