|High School:||Justin Siena|
AS A SENIOR IN 2004-05: Team co-captain...doubles specialist that paired with four different partners en route to recording 11 doubles wins...registered double digit doubles victories for a second consecutive season...captured the Flight 'B' doubles title with sophomore Bobby Rasmussen at the Santa Clara Bronco Classic...reached the finals of the Flight 'B' doubles draw at the Pacific Tiger Fall Classic with Rasmussen...named Bronco Scholar-Athlete of the week for a fourth consecutive year... named Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athlete and West Coast Conference All-Academic honors for a third consecutive year... named to WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll (silver honors - 3.74-3.50 cumulative gpa)...earned an MBA degree in June 2005 from the Leavey School of Business.
AS A JUNIOR IN 2003-04: Recorded a personal best in singles and doubles victories... ranked second on the team with nine wins after fall tournament play... reached the championship match of the Flight 'C' singles draw of the Pacific Tiger Fall Classic... paired with five different doubles partners throughout the year... finished the season at the No. 2 doubles position with Eric Kochanski... scored an 8-4 victory with Kochanski over Clinton Letcher and Ryan McBride of No. 20 Arizona State... advanced to the title match of the Flight 'B' doubles draw of the Pacific Tiger Fall Classic with Ted Blosser... a West Coast Conference All-Academic honoree... an ITA All-Academic Scholar-Athlete... named a Bronco Scholar-Athlete of the Week for a third consecutive year ... a member of the WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2002-03: Earned ITA All-Academic honors... posted six singles victories, with notable wins over Saint Mary's Andre Sion and Sacramento State's Peter Farkas... clinched the Bronco victory against 2003 NCAA Tournament participant Sacramento State... saved four match points with partner Francisco Zepponi to clinch the doubles point against Saint Mary's... posted four victories in doubles
AS A RS FRESHMAN IN 2001-02: One of five Bronco freshmen to advance to finals in respective draws at the Stockcoverage.com Classic...was a finalist with partner Josh Braley in the Doubles 'B' flight... captured six singles and seven doubles victories during the season...one of five Broncos that competed at the 2001 USTA Boys Super National Hard Court Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich... advanced to the third round in doubles at this event.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2000-01: Redshirted the season... was the hitting partner for current ATP touring professional Dmitry Tursunov at the 2001 U.S. Open... winner of the 2001 Pacific Coast Junior Championships defeating Brandon Wai, ranked No. 19 in the USTA Boys 16s national listing...won the doubles title at the 2001 USTA National Open Championship. HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Justin Siena High School in Napa, Calif., and the Gorin Tennis Academy... coached by Sam Levy and Vitaly Gorin... team won the San Juaquin Section Championship going undefeated in 2000... did not lose an individual match that season as well... was mixed doubles section champs in senior year... was a finalist in 1999 at a Northern California Tennis Association men's open event... ranked No. 20 in Boys 16s in Northern California in 1999 and 18th in Boys 18s in 2000... ranked as high as No. 125 in the USTA Boys 18s national rankings.
PERSONAL: Full name is Benito Hidalgo III... born September 9, 1982 in Foster City, Calif... parents are Ben and Suzanne Hidalgo... has two younger brothers, Tanner and Alex... graduated with a bachelor's degree in marketing in June 2003 and is on pace to graduate with an MBA at Santa Clara in June
Hidalgo's Career Statistics
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Getting to Know Ben
Lleyton Hewitt because he grinds.
Favorite Pre-game Meal: Pasta with chicken
Favorite Pre-game Ritual: I like to spend time alone.
Why did you choose Santa Clara? Great Atmosphere, great team, great coaches.
Favorite aspect of SCU Athletics: The family feeling.
Favorite Place on the SCU campus: Tennis Court No. 5.
What are your interests away from sports? The beach.
The biggest goal in your life is... To become a tennis pro.
Few people know that you... still sleep with a stuffed animal.
After your playing career is over, you'd like to be remembered as... a journeyman.