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CdM tops Sage

Boys' Tennis

Match moved up a day due to rain threat, but Sea Kings ease past Lightning in first-round match at All-American tourney.

March 15, 2012|By Matt Szabo

Sage teammate Alex Manolakas, watching the match, called it the point of the year. Simon also teamed with Manolakas to earn the Lightning's lone doubles win, as they defeated CdM seniors Alex Murray and Dan Anastos, 8-3. But CdM's No. 2 team of Paul Kacik and Andrew Nguyen (8-2), as well as the No. 3 team of Zach Williams and Tyler Gaede (8-0), both won easily.

"That was perfect," Ricker said. "All of the starters got to play."

Simon said being in the All-American Tournament is an honor for the Lightning. Sage is the defending CIF Southern Section Division 3 champion and is again top-ranked in the division, but this is the program's first-ever appearance in the tournament.

"It's definitely eye-opening," Simon said. "I think we take it for granted that we're pretty good in Division 3, and then to come here, it's humbling actually. It's great for these guys. I think it makes them want to work harder, at least it makes me want to work harder when I play people like this. I think it's great."

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CdM will need a great effort to win its quarterfinal match Friday morning, most likely against Torrey Pines. The San Diego Section powerhouse features three players — J.P. Boyd, UC Santa Barbara-bound Jacob Johnson and Adam Levie — ranked in the top 100 in Southern California in the 18s.

The Sea Kings have not advanced to the semifinals of their host tournament since 2006. Ricker believes it is possible this year.

"They're deep," Ricker said of Torrey Pines. "I think we have a chance. We have to play our best."

matthew.szabo@latimes.com

Twitter: @mjszabo

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