NBL boys tennis: Rancho Cotate’s Alec Wong captures singles title

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Rancho Cotate’s Alec Wong, the Redwood Empire’s best prep tennis player, breezed to victory in the finals of the NBL Singles Tournament on Saturday taking out Santa Rosa’s Adison Mowforth in straight sets.

Wong needed just 70 minutes to defeat Mowforth 6-1, 6-2. The easy win capped a dominating two days of tennis at Santa Rosa High for the sophomore as he steamrolled four opponents without dropping a set.

“I thought I played pretty well,” Wong said after winning the championship. “I just went after it and wasn’t a bit tentative.”

Wong asserted his superiority by taking the first five games of the match and in the second set, it was 4-0 before Mowforth got on the board.

“He deserved to win the singles title,” the Santa Rosa senior said. “He’s a very good player.”

Wong had all his shots working. His serve was difficult to return and the baseline, overhead and volleying parts of his game were just as deadly.

As expected, Wong has caught the eye of opposing coaches, including Casa Grande’s Lisa Schmitz.

“He’s an exceptional player and doesn’t have a weakness in his game,” she said. “His serve is solid and so is his backhand.

“Most of the better players in our league play at the baseline. Not Alec. He comes to the net at every opportunity and rarely loses a point when he does.”

Last year in the NBL championship match, Casa’s Matt Halligan edged Wong, 7-6, 7-6.

“It was disappointing coming so close,” Wong said. “That’s why winning this year means a lot to me.”

Wong, who turned 16 on Friday, got a late present on Saturday. Along with a medallion, he received the league’s automatic invitation to the NCS Singles Championship.

That will be played May 9-10 in Santa Rosa.

 

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