NEWPORT BEACH — A tiebreaker here and a tiebreaker there, and the Corona del Mar High boys' tennis team could have pulled off the upset of the first day of the 12th annual National High School All-American Tournament.
In the end, the breaks — of serve or otherwise — didn't go the Sea Kings' way.
They battled but fell to No. 4-seeded Bellarmine Prep of San Jose, 6-2, in a tournament quarterfinal Friday afternoon at Palisades Tennis Club. The loss came after CdM defeated Palisades, 5-3, in its first-round match at Costa Mesa Tennis Center.
Corona del Mar will play Peninsula in a fifth-place semifinal at 8 a.m. Saturday, at The Tennis Club Newport Beach.
CdM did more than scare Bellarmine. The unseeded Sea Kings had the match in their grasp during the singles portion, which featured five pro-sets (first to eight games).