By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Nick Wight got an assist from an Analy teammate as he won the Sonoma County League singles tournament for the second year in a row on Friday at Santa Rosa Junior College.
Wight defeated Andes Toruno in the finals, 6-1, 6-0 after teammate Aidan Toner Rogers took the El Molino player to a grueling three-set match (3-6, 6-4, 6-4) before losing in the semifinals.
With only 30 minutes to recover before the finals, Toruno knew he didn’t stand much chance against No. 1 seed Wight.
“I was exhausted after the semifinal,” Toruno said. “It was a brutal, long match.
“My legs were hard to move and I was way too tired to be competitive with a top player like Nick Wight. He plays at another level.”
The two faced off twice in the regular season, with Wight winning both times easily in straight sets.
Wight dispatched Petaluma’s Kevin Cox in the semifinals 6-2, 6-3 and then had plenty of time to rest while Toruno battled Toner Rogers through three long sets in temperature that neared 90 degrees on court.
Toruno’s condition wasn’t lost on Wight.
“I moved him around the court when I had the chance,” the senior said. “His match in the semis really tired him out and I used that to my advantage.”
The points were short, Toruno didn’t have an answer for Wight’s serve and in 50 minutes the match was over.
Wight now advances to the North Coast Section tournament next Friday at Chabot College in Hayward.
Last year, as the league champion, Wight played at NCS but lost in the first round to the tournament’s No. 1 seed.
“I’m hoping for a better draw this year,” Wight said with a laugh. “My game has improved, especially from a mental aspect. I handle things a lot better during a match.
“Also, my ground strokes are better,” Wight added.
Analy coach Rick Passero has also seen a transformation during Wight’s four-year high school career.
“Now, he’s got a great poker face,” Passero said. “You never know what he’s thinking. Also, he’s learned how to compete.
“His understanding of the game is so much better and so are his strokes. He’s just solid.
“He’s been a pleasure to have on the team. He’s a great leader and teammate.”
Wight plans to play tennis at Santa Rosa JC next year.
The SCL’s doubles championship was also decided Friday, and Sonoma Valley’s James McKale and Sam Sonheim picked up the blue ribbons.
The duo defeated Analy’s Jeremy Rozet and Greg Gonzales in the finals 6-2, 6-1.
In the semis, McKale and Sondheim beat the Analy duo of Michael Grieve-Noah Peak 6-2, 6-4. Rozet and Gonzales advanced by downing Healdsburg’s Robby and Tommy Schieffer 7-5, 6-2.
Rozet and Gonzales will represent the league in the NCS doubles tournament. That’s also scheduled for next Friday in Hayward.