Korber comes up big

Boys' Tennis

CdM senior, battling cramps in both legs, wins two tiebreaker sets to help host Sea Kings upend Woodbridge for key win.

March 29, 2011|By Matt Szabo,
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CORONA DEL MAR — Shane Korber was cramping up so bad Tuesday afternoon that he could barely stand up straight.

The Corona del Mar High senior almost limped around the court late in his set against Woodbridge sophomore Jake De Vries, a set that the Sea Kings desperately needed.

With De Vries serving at 5-5, Korber grabbed his left leg and fell to the ground.

He stayed there for a few minutes. Korber's father, Tim, an emergency room physician, worked on rubbing his son's leg muscles. Woodbridge Coach Ric Barth, watching Shane get up and continue to walk gingerly around the court, turned to CdM Coach Brian Ricker and asked, "Can he hurt himself?"

But the set continued. By the end of the dramatic tiebreaker, Shane Korber somehow made the Warriors feel the pain.

He came up with two winners at 5-5 in the tiebreaker. After the first, Korber let out a huge yell and raised both his arms. Then on match point, he hit a whistling cross-court passing shot when De Vries came in.


Korber stayed still, letting his teammates come congratulate him near the net. After his son's epic victory, Tim said he planned to take Shane to Fountain Valley Regional Hospital for an IV to get some fluids in his system.

It was only the end of the second singles round, but Ricker felt better about subbing out Korber for Zach Haber. Korber's gutsy performance gave the Sea Kings their 10th set, clinching what would be a big 11-7 Pacific Coast League victory.

The Sea Kings (9-1, 3-0 in league), ranked No. 5 in the CIF Southern Section Division I coaches' poll, will likely stay tied for first in league with University prior to the teams' showdown Thursday at CdM. Woodbridge (10-2, 1-2), ranked No. 2 in Division I, falls to third place.

Korber played a big role with his heroics.

"My [left] quad just cramped up," said the Georgetown-bound Korber, who improved to 24-0 this season. "It was locked in a straight position and it wouldn't bend at all. And it would alternate between legs; my gluts were cramping a little bit.

"It was an ugly win, because I didn't play my best. But it's definitely up there as one of my best wins ever. Fighting through conflict, that's when you feel the best coming off the court … Despite the fact that I was cramping, I finally loosened up in my upper body. I was hitting more freely and I connected on a couple, and that got me the 'W'."

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