As the Flintridge Prep boys' tennis program grew over the last several seasons from a perennial afterthought to one of the school's success stories — winning and contending for Prep League titles annually and making a string of CIF playoff appearances — doubles players Eric Kazangian and Kent Byun served as cornerstones of the reconstruction.
"They were huge," Rebels Coach Ron Catano said of Kazangian and Byun's role in the renaissance that saw Prep go 29-21 over the past three seasons and win the Prep League crown in 2009 for the first time since 1939. "Those two guys, along with [No. 1 singles] Alex Wood, they were the reason why we had a such a good record the past three years. They were all talented and experienced for tournament play and they were just really tough when they would get out there.
"They were our good core guys that just put up wins like crazy. They're just super talented and they're great athletes. Without those guys, we wouldn't have been doing so well the past few years."