October 14, 2007

Doubles Team Reaches Round of 16 at ITA Northwest Regionals

Oct. 14, 2007

SEATTLE, Wash. - Senior Blane Shields and sophomore Jay Wong reached the doubles round of 16 on Sunday at the ITA Northwest Regionals, before being eliminated. Shields and Wong were defeated by Jonathan Dahan and Pierre Mouillon of California, 8-2. In the round of 32, on Saturday, they defeated fellow conference rival St. Mary's, Youssef El Bouskouri and Andrea Zannoni, 8-1.

Also on Saturday Shields, Wong and Kenzo Hirakawa-Wong played in the singles round of 32. Shields faced California's Pedro Zerbini in a two set defeat, 6-2, 6-4.

Wong battled hard in his match against California's Ken Nakahara taking it into three sets before being defeated, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.

Rounding out the singles action of the day was Hirakawa-Wong who faced Dahan of California. Hirakawa-Wong fell in two sets, 6-2, 6-3.

"We showed some great talent at Regionals," said head coach Derek Mills. "We do not play indoors and the guys were able to adapt well. In Saturday's singles action all three faced some strong Pac-10 talent from Cal, unfortunately we came up short, but we know we can compete with the nation's best. I am looking forward to working in practice and build on what we have accomplished thus far."

The Broncos will round out fall play at the Cal Poly Invitational on Nov. 9 in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Fans can get complete tournament coverage at SantaClaraBroncos.com.