Nov. 8, 2006
A New Year Begins With Many Familiar Faces...
SCU men's tennis opened their fall season one week prior to the start of a new academic year with the traditional Bronco Boot Camp, a week-long grind that featured a team retreat to beautiful Lake Tahoe, the first official practice better known as Midnight Madness and grueling double-day sessions filled with drills, matches and challenging conditioning (ie. sled pulls & SUV pushes).
2006 Bronco Boot Camp Photos
Juniors Blane Shields and Kevin McQuaid opened the Broncos' fall campaign in Tulsa, Okla. at the ITA All-American Championships. The all-WCC doubles tandem then returned home and joined teammates at the 3rd annual SCU Bronco Classic, an event featuring 18 teams and 114 participants. Freshman Jay Wong kicked off his collegiate career by winning the 'B' Flight singles title in impressive style over Stanford's Chris Rasmussen. SCU next traveled to Fresno State for the Bulldog Classic. Sophomores Kenzo Hirakawa-Wong and Aneal Vallurupalli recorded solid doubles results and reached the 'B' flight semifinal as did teammates Bobby Rasmussen and Tommy Hicks, who played together for the first time. The ITA Regional rounded out fall season play. Once again Jay Wong used aggressive play and competitive fire to advance to the 4th round before falling in a battle to no. 2 seed Pierre Mouillon of Cal. Overall the Broncos recorded outstanding performances across the board. Freshman Steven Benvenuto captured his first collegiate victory, sophomore Brian Brogan defeated two-time Division III national singles champion Matt Seeburger (now attending Hawaii) as did Tommy Hicks in consolation play; Blane Shields defeated John Pettit and Kenzo Hirakawa-Wong beat Vaclav Burger, both opponents from Cal;lKevin Mcquaid recorded an impressive victory over Asaf Cohen of the University of San Francisco; and, Bobby Rasmussen scored a trio of wins over opponents from Fresno State, Oregon and Gonzaga. Overall, a solid showing by the Broncos with plenty of tennis and practice left in the fall quarter.
Meet The New Broncos...
Santa Clara welcomed four new Broncos to campus this fall. Pictured from left to right are freshman Steven Benvenuto (San Mateo, Calif.), junior Robert Gallman (Dallas, Tex.) and freshmen Joe Galbraith (Tacoma, Wash.) and Jay Wong (Cupertino, Calif.). They join eight returning players and will bring immediate strength and depth to the Bronco lineup. The quartet was introduced to several Bronco traditions upon their arrival including Midnight Madness, Bronco Boot Camp, Mini-Tennis and Quizno's Subs.
Bronco Wedding Bells...
Congratulations to Bronco Arron "Spud" Hutchings '97 who said "I do" to Carrie Faulhaber in Twin Falls, Idaho last year. The couple has settled in Boise and cheered on SCU last season at Boise State. Congrats Spud!
Baby "Mad Dog" Is Born...
Scott "Mad Dog" Watters '00 and wife Katrina are proud parents of Faith Elizabeth who was born last June. They recently met up with Lars "Cat Daddy" Nelson '00 on campus for an afternoon hit. According to Katrina, the tennis was a little less intense than their glory days. Both were winded and complaining of sore muscles after 45 minutes.
The Tale Of The Buggy Whip...
Back in the 1993-1994 season, head coach Sean Burns worked with his players on developing a short angle, crosscourt forehand passing shot, which he called the 'buggy whip'. A term coined by tennis analyst Bud Collins to describe Steffi Graf's forehand as she would whip her racket up and behind her head, the buggy whip quickly became part of the Bronco Tennis vocabulary.
Later that season, the Broncos were battling traffic on the 405 freeway en route to LAX following the WCC Championships at Pepperdine. In order to avoid traffic and also find a gas station, the team van pulled off an exit or two early. Little did they know what they'd find while driving on La Tijera Blvd...the Buggy Whip Restaurant.
As the team stumbled upon the old-school steak and seafood restaurant a Kodak moment seemed naturally fitting. For twelve consecutive seasons, the Buggy Whip photo has been an annual tradition. Perhaps one day the team will make it's way inside for a tasty filet mignon and baked potato.
Matt Cox '01married Gemma Aquino last July and he now attends business school at the University of Southern California...former assistant coach Brett Masi and wife Desiree welcomed newborn son Jaxson Caleb on Sept. 8, 2006 at 2:20 am...Taylor Bedilion '05 recently joined World Savings as a Loan Consultant in their Redwood City office...Rick Ruso '04 announced his engagement to Jenny Siegel '04 this past summer...Ted Blosser '06 is now an Associate Sales Representative for Cisco Systems in Raliegh, North Carolina...Eric Kochanski '05 was promoted to Assistant Branch Manager for Enterprise Rent-A-Car after only six months on the job...Jan Macek '06 has joined the Bronco coaching staff along with Brian Eagle...Marcell "The Body" Hlousek '00 will be inducted to the San Mateo High School Sports Hall of Fame on November 10 for his stellar Bearcat tennis career...head coach George Husack will marry Kristina Bass on November 3 in Tiburon, Calif...Go Broncos!
Silver Racquet Club
The Silver Racquet Club is the official booster group of Santa Clara University Men's Tennis. The SRC directly enhances the Bronco's operating budget which includes team competition and travel, recruiting, uniforms and equipment, salaries and other expenses incurred from running a nationally ranked program on a day-to-day and year-to-year basis.
Bronco Grand Slam Members
Jim (1983) & Cristin Laccabue
Bronco Grand Prix Members
Chris (1990) & Kathryn Eppright
John (1975) & Aida (1977) Galbraith
Joseph (1970) & Susan (1976) McCarthy
Bronco Challenger Members
Bronco Satellite Members
John & April King
Total SRC Support (as of 10/31/06): $3,825