Bronco Tennis Concludes Play at Bulldog Classic
Oct. 6, 2008
"It was good for the guys to get out there and start competing," said head coach Derek Mills. "They each got wins and got a win as doubles partners, which is a great step in the right direction for us."
Hirakawa-Wong, who was in the B Draw at the Classic, defeated California's Evan Rose in three sets. He fell in the first set, 3-6 to the Golden Bear's sophomore, but came back fighting in the next two sets. In the second set he won 7-5, and in the final set he easily defeated Rose, 6-1.
In the Classic's A Draw, Wong took on UCSB's Taylor Chavez Goggin. Wong also fell in the first set, 6-7, but the 2008 All-WCC Second Team honoree came back and took the next two sets, 6-4 each.
Playing as doubles partners for the first time in the 2008-09 campaing, the senior-junior duo earned their first win in the Doubles A Draw round of 32. The Broncos fought hard against a strong USF pairing of Michael Carreno and Eliner Hart. Hirakawa-Wong and Wong were able to get the advantage over the Don's, winning 9-8(10-8).
In day two of play in the Rounds of 16, Hirakwa-Wong and Wong both fell to their opponents. Hirakawa-Wong fell to Cal Poly's Rob Foy in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. Wong also concluded singles play in the Round of 16 A Draw. He took on the University of Washington's Derek Drabble and fell in straight sets. In the first set the San Jose, Calif. native fell, 6-3, and could not bounce back in the second set and fell, 6-2.
The Broncos concluded play in the doubles Round of 16. They took on USD's Nils Schive and Charl Wolmarans in their final doubles match of the weekend. They fell, 8-6, to the WCC conference opponent.
Santa Clara continues fall action on Friday, Oct. 17 when they travel to UC Berkeley to compete in the ITA Fall Regional Championships.
Bulldog Classic A Draw Round of 32
SCU Jay Wong d. UCSB Taylor Chavez Goggin 6-7, 6-4, 6-4
Bulldog Classic B Draw Round of 32
SCU Kenzo Hirakawa-Wong d. CAL Evan Rose 3-6,7-5, 6-1
Bulldog Classic A Draw Round of 16
UW Derek Drabble d. SCU Jay Wong 6-3, 6-2
Bulldog Classic B Draw Round of 16
CP Rob Foy d. SCU Kenzo Hirakawa-Wong 6-4, 6-4
Bulldog Classic Doubles A Draw Round of 32
SCU Kenzo Hirakawa-Wong/Jay Wong d. USF Michael Carreno/Eliner Hart 9-8(10-8)
Bulldog Classic Doubles A Draw Round of 16
USD Nils Schive/Charl Wolmarans d. SCU Kenzo Hirakawa-Wong/Jay Wong 8-6