By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Rancho Cotate’s Alec Wong, the best high school tennis player in the Redwood Empire, won his 26th consecutive NBL match on Thursday but his team wound up losing to host Santa Rosa, 6-1.
Wong needed just under 45 minutes to defeat the Panthers’ top player, Xander Sugarman, 6-0, 6-1.
The junior hasn’t lost a league match since his freshman year and the way he’s serving these days, it’s doubtful he’ll lose again.
“I thought I played really well,” Wong said after Thursday’s match.
“My serve was dominant and there weren’t many long points. Also, my backhand was working.”
Wong, who can serve around 100 mph, makes his ball come in as a slice or kick.
The right-hander has set a lofty goal for this season. He wants to win the North Coast Section tournament in May.
“Last year, I made it to the second round,” he said. “My game has really improved since then. I think I have a shot to go much further, even though the competition is tough.”
When not playing or practicing for Rancho, Wong travels to the Napa Valley Country Club, where he takes lessons from Chris Arns.
“I want to play at the college level,” he said. “To do that, I have to keep on improving.”
In other action Thursday:
MONTGOMERY 6, UKIAH 1
At Montgomery, the only loss for the Vikings was a match they defaulted. That was No. 3 doubles.
Montgomery’s singles players all won in straight sets. Leading the sweep was Jay Schlesinger. He took care of Claudio Carrera 6-0, 6-1.
Other wins were turned in by Shannon Connell, Andrew Warren and Alex Billings.
SONOMA VALLEY 4, ANALY 3
At Sonoma, the Dragons needed a win to take sole possession of the Sonoma County League standings, and they got it.
Sonoma Valley is now 7-1 in league while the Tigers are 7-2.
The schools split the four singles matches with the Dragons, taking two of the three doubles positions.
Leaving the courts with wins were the duo of Luke Vaughn and Ian Bon and the team of Miles Pimentel and Elias Sosa.
PETALUMA 4, EL MOLINO 3
At Petaluma, the doubles team of Vincent Bermont and Hayden Dennis captured the deciding match.
All other matches had been completed by the time Bermont and Dennis were playing their second set against Christian Ohlin and Edmundo Lopez. The Petaluma players took the second 6-4 after winning the first set by the same score.
El Molino had built a lead by winning the first three singles positions. Arlo David and Cade Stam needed three sets to defeat their foes while Andes Toruno triumphed in straight sets. Zach Leno was the only Petaluma player to win in singles.