I got the mic: Mainland Regional’s Ryan Pangilinan

Ryan Pangilinan, a sophomore at Mainland Regional High School, is the next in a line of outstanding tennis players the Pangilinan family has produced. Older brothers Van Homer and Carlo combined to win seven Cape-Atlantic League singles titles during their illustrious careers, and Carlo was a South Jersey champion as a senior. Ryan is on his way to establishing himself as a quality player on the South Jersey boys tennis scene, as is evidenced by his undefeated record so far this year at second singles for the Mustangs. On Friday, following a victory against Ocean City, Glory Days publisher Dave O’Sullivan caught up with the soft-spoken Ryan, a 15-year-old Somers Point resident who usually lets his racquet do most of the talking.

Ryan Pangilinan, a sophomore at Mainland Regional High School, scored a victory against Ocean City on Friday to remain undefeated at second singles.

Ryan Pangilinan, a sophomore at Mainland Regional High School, scored a victory against Ocean City on Friday to remain undefeated at second singles.

Sully: How do you feel like your season is going?

Pangilinan: I think it’s going pretty well. I’m undefeated so far.

Sully: What are your expectations coming up next week in the CAL tournament?

Pangilinan: I’m hoping for at least a top-four finish, but who knows? I have a tough draw.

Sully: Do you get mad when people call them sneakers instead of tennis shoes?

Pangilinan: No.

Sully: Who is your favorite professional tennis player?

Pangilinan: I really don’t have a favorite, but I love to watch the top players like (Novak) Djokovic, (Rafael) Nadal, (Roger) Federer, (Andy) Murray.

Sully: What’s the best thing about Mainland Regional High School?

Pangilinan: Extended lunch. And we have a lot of good clubs and classes.

Sully: What are you looking forward to most this summer? Any big plans?

Pangilinan: Play tennis, that’s one, and we might go on a cruise.

Sully: What kind of music are you into? Is there anything in particular that gets you pumped up before a match?

Pangilinan: Rock music, and I like electronic dance music.

Sully: Your brothers were very good at tennis. Does that put any pressure on you?

Pangilinan: Well, a little bit. I want to try to be the best that I can be and hopefully reach their level. I try not to think about it too much.

Sully: What’s the hardest thing about tennis that the average fan might not really understand?

Pangilinan: Fans might not realize how physically demanding the sport can be.

Sully: Do you have any certain goals that you want to meet by the time you graduate?

Pangilinan: I’m hoping I can help bring the team at least the South Jersey Group IV title.

Sully: What is your favorite food?

Pangilinan: Fried chicken. Oh, and cheeseburgers.

Sully: What’s something you’ll never eat?

Pangilinan: Seafood. I just don’t like it.

Sully: What’s your record for number of text messages in a month?

Pangilinan: Um, I don’t know. It’s a lot.

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