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Sea Kings find answer

CdM responds from loss to Torrey Pines by topping Rancho Bernardo at All-American event.

March 16, 2012|By Matt Szabo

NEWPORT BEACH — The Corona del Mar High boys' tennis team is young this year, with just two senior starters.

One could say the Sea Kings grew so much in a couple of hours Friday afternoon at The Tennis Club.

Junior Alec Adamson, freshman Henry Gordon and freshman Chaz Downing were playing side-by-side on three singles courts at the Corona del Mar All-American Invitational Tournament. The opponents were three seniors from No. 3-seeded Torrey Pines.

Only Downing was able to win, as the more experienced Falcons won two of the three close sets. Torrey Pines eventually won the quarterfinal match as well, 5-3. It was the sixth straight year that host CdM, which was unseeded, has lost in the quarterfinals of the prestigious tournament.

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Few of the previous losses have felt as rewarding.

"Our team's really deep this year, a lot deeper than last year," Adamson said. "I think we're able to compete more in every single match. Even though they're one of the best teams from San Diego, we're right there with that team. It shows us that we're also a really good team. It gives us a lot of confidence, going forward."

CdM showed it, coming back to defeat Rancho Bernardo, 6-2, in a fifth-place semifinal at CdM later Friday. The Sea Kings' fifth-place match against La Jolla was originally set to be played Friday night under the lights, but it's now scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at CdM, weather permitting.

Rain is expected Saturday, so nearly all of the normally two-day tournament was completed Friday. Top-seeded defending champion University played second-seeded Menlo in the championship match late Friday night.

CdM had a bit of an advantage against Torrey Pines, as it was playing its first match of the day. Torrey Pines had to beat Santa Barbara, 8-0, in its first-round match earlier in the day at Costa Mesa Tennis Center.

The Sea Kings were right there in the quarterfinal, up, 2-1, in the format of five singles sets followed by three doubles sets. Sophomore Carson Williams defeated the Falcons' Calman Boyd, 6-4. Then Downing came from behind to edge Torrey Pines senior Adam Levie, 7-5.

But Torrey Pines senior J.P. Boyd won five straight games against Adamson for a 6-3 victory. And Torrey Pines senior Jacob Johnson rallied from a 4-1 deficit against Gordon to claim a 7-5 win.

It was still a good battle from Adamson, ranked No. 39 in Southern California in the 18s. Boyd is ranked No. 6.

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