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CdM battles back

Boys' Tennis

Sea Kings clinch second place in Pacific Coast League after edging Woodbridge again.

April 06, 2011|By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com

IRVINE — Shane Korber was down 4-1 in his final set of the day.

The No. 2 doubles team of Ismaen Aboubakare and Alec Adamson was down 3-0. The No. 3 doubles team of Zach Williams and Carson Williams was down 5-1.

Lose all three sets, and the Corona del Mar High boys' tennis team would also lose Wednesday's key Pacific Coast League match at Woodbridge High.

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As it turned out, the Sea Kings had the Warriors right where they wanted them. Comebacks by Korber, as well as Aboubakare and Adamson, helped the Sea Kings seal the 10-8 victory that clinches second place in league for CdM.

"We were down in all those sets and everyone came back and played strong," CdM Coach Brian Ricker said. "They showed some good mental toughness. That's the advantage of us having a tough league; this will be nothing new in the playoffs."

Last week's 11-7 victory over Woodbridge could have been considered a minor upset as the Warriors were ranked No. 2 in CIF and the Sea Kings No. 5. This week the rankings flip-flopped, giving CdM the No. 2 ranking. But the second meeting wasn't easy either, although the Sea Kings (12-2, 6-1 in league) had opened up a slim 7-5 lead after two rounds against Woodbridge (12-3, 4-3).

Korber battled in his final set of the day against Woodbridge senior Patrick Lipscomb, who he had beaten in a tiebreaker in the first meeting. This time, Lipscomb jumped out to a 4-1 lead.

"Right off the bat he came out really strong," said Korber, who swept his three singles sets for CdM's only three singles wins. "I didn't even feel like I was playing that bad, but he brought it early on. I kind of just weathered the storm and started trying to mix it up, just to try to get him out of his rhythm."

The Georgetown-bound Korber saved a set point serving at 4-5 and finally put the set away, 7-5, after Lipscomb saved four set points himself.

At that point CdM had nine sets and was up by enough games to clinch the match, but Aboubakare and Adamson also came back for a 7-5 victory over Woodbridge's No. 1 team of James Lafond and Colby Trinh. Aboubakare and Adamson won two of three sets on the day.

So did Zach and Carson Williams, who battled back to a tiebreaker in their third set before losing. Carson Williams has been playing at No. 2 singles but Ricker had to switch things up as Zach Williams' usual partner, sophomore Paul Kacik, broke his right wrist in a skateboarding accident Friday.

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