first round, 12-6, Uni was playing without its top two players, Henry Mak
and Aaron Yovan.
But Yovan played No. 1 singles for University and swept all three
sets, including a 7-5 win over CdM's Brian Morton. Mak, who has been sick
this year, played No. 1 doubles with Jeff Lawrence.
"They knew this was a big one," Mang said of the Trojans, "so they put
(Mak) in there."
For Corona del Mar, which all but clinched the league title while
dethroning the Trojans from their defending PCL perch, it came down to
solid doubles play from sophomore Garrett Snyder and senior Randy Myers.
Snyder and Myers swept at No. 3 doubles for CdM. "They were the heroes,"
The match was tied, 3-3, after the first round of play, and
deadlocked, 6-6, after the second.
"It's hard to keep that undefeated record going," Mang said, "because
everybody's out to get you."
With the match still undecided, CdM's Cameron Ball and Ryan Stockwell
won their final set at No. 1 doubles. Peter Kulmaticki and Michael Bean,
the defending PCL doubles champions, won two of three sets at No. 2
doubles for the Sea Kings.
The Sea Kings return home today to face Costa Mesa in PCL action, then
three of their top players -- Ball, Morton and Snyder -- will compete in
the prestigious Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament. Morton and Snyder are
seeded No. 1 at Ojai in the boys 18s interscholastic doubles.
CdM will compete next month in the CIF Southern Section Division V
playoffs, where Brentwood is expected to be the Sea Kings' toughest
"That will be the most exciting final of all the divisions," Mang
said, referring to a possible CdM-Brentwood rematch. The Sea Kings
defeated Brentwood, 10-8, in a nonleague match earlier this year.
PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE
Corona del Mar 9, University 9 (CdM wins on games, 79-73)
Singles - Morton (CdM) lost to Yovan, 5-7, def. Li, 6-4, def. Haier,
6-0; Ning (CdM) lost 1-6, 0-6, 4-6; Saida (CdM) lost 2-6, 0-6, 4-6.
Doubles - Ball-Stockwell (CdM) def. Mak-Lawrence, 6-4, lost to
Chen-Hsu, 6-7 (6-8), def. Nguyen-Joe, 6-3; Kulmaticki-Bean (CdM) lost
3-6, won 6-0, 6-2; Snyder-Myers (CdM) won 6-1, 6-3, 6-0.