Wong Moves into Semifinals at USTA/ITA Northwest Championships

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

BEAVERTON, ORE. -- Joshua Wong (Sr., Hilo, HI/Hilo HS) of Willamette University earned victories in the Round of 16 and the quarterfinals in singles on Sunday, Sept. 23 during the USTA/ITA Northwest Small College Championships at the Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation Tennis Center. Wong advanced into the semifinals to take on Andy Riggs of Whitman College on Monday, Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. (PDT).

Wong, the #2 seed, is the highest remaining seed in the singles bracket. Riggs is seeded #4. In the other semifinal match, Colton Malesovas of Whitman, tied for the #13 seed, will take on Giancarlo Battaglia of Pacific, who is seeded seventh.

Top-seeded Andrew La Cava of Whitman was defeated by Malesovas in the quarterfinals, 6-4, 6-3.

Wong outlasted Sam Sadeghi of Whitman in the Round of 16 in a highly competitive match that featured a tie-breaker to decide the first set. Wong won 7-6, 7-5 to claim a spot in the quarterfinals. Sadeghi was one of several athletes seeded #9.

In Wong's quarterfinal match, he faced Steven Roston of Whitman. Wong claimed a 6-2 victory in the first set, and then downed Roston in the second set, 6-4.

Riggs gained a match-up with Wong by defeating Preston Mann of George Fox University, 6-0, 6-1, in the Round of 16 and by edging out his own teammate, James Rivers from Whitman, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.

In consolation singles, Jack Schreiber (So., Solana Beach, CA/The Grauer School) won two matches before losing in the quarterfinals. He downed Scott Monismith from Lewis & Clark College in the first consolation round, 8-6, and then defeated rolled past Levi Huddleston of Whitworth University, 8-1.

Michael Cutter from the University of Puget Sound gained a narrow win over Schreiber in the quarterfinals, 7-5, 6-4.

Will Cooper (So, Gresham, OR/Centennial HS) opened the consolation bracket with a win over Joe Trousdale from Linfield College, 8-6. Cooper lost to Graham Baker of Puget Sound, 8-4, in the second round.

Wong and freshman Samuel Wexman won their first match of the consolation bracket, 8-3, over Ty Tanaka and Kolin Wong from Pacific University. In the second round of consolation matches, Matt Goebel and Troy Patterson of Whitworth defeated Wong and Wexman (scores not available).

RESULTS - DAY 2

USTA/ITA Northwest Championships
September 21-24, 2012
At Tualatin Hills Tennis Center
Beaverton, Ore.

Singles Bracket
Singles Consolation Bracket
Doubles Bracket
Doubles Consolation Bracket
Joshua Wong downed Sam Sadeghi of Whitman in the Round of 16 and defeated Steven Roston of Whitman in the quarterfinals.

Joshua Wong downed Sam Sadeghi of Whitman in the Round of 16 and defeated Steven Roston of Whitman in the quarterfinals.