The Northern Marianas Pacific Mini Games roars on and off the field as athletes from 20 nations reach the halfway point before Saturday's closing ceremony.  Michelle Pang, the head coach of Team Guam Guam Tennis, told KUAM News, "We’ve been at the courts almost 8-10 hours every day since last Thursday."

And that’s a good thing. Coach Pang leads Guam’s tennis team, made up of six athletes who are on Saipan for the Pacific Mini Games. "Mentally and physically, our players are definitely getting pushed to their limits, but we prepared for this, we trained for this and by far this is one of our best performances for Team Guam.

"We have all of our doubles events in the quarterfinals. We had a lot of our players make it past the first round for our individual singles event and we also had our mixed-doubles make it past the first round for our mixed doubles event," she added.

They have arrived and they’re ready to meet their moment.

"I have such a young team, so I really thought it was going to be difficult to get everybody going, especially after our long days, but the team has been fantastic," Coach Pang said. "They’ve been pumping each other up, supporting each other, and they just have been out here every day. Even if they do not have matches they are out here supporting one another."

And it’s a familiar feeling for Pang, who’s competed in these exact games back when it was called the South Pacific Mini Games.

"Just to see everybody again after how many years has been great. And we get to see the level of the players in the Pacific and Team Guam we are right there we’re not too far from them and it is something to go back home to and know what we need to do to get to that next level, to get them playing where we can compete with them at even a higher level," she said.