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Round of 16 unkind to locals

Adamson, Simon and CdM doubles team all fall in third match of day at Ojai. Watrous, Downing still alive in junior divisions at prestigious tournament.

April 27, 2012|By Matt Szabo

OJAI — The remaining Newport-Mesa representatives in the CIF divisions at the Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament were cordial with each other Friday afternoon.

Corona del Mar High junior Alec Adamson, as well as the Sea Kings' senior doubles team of Alex Murray and Zach Williams, each won their first two matches. So did Sage Hill School senior Robbe Simon.

The four players ate lunch together at a local sandwich shop. CdM Coach Brian Ricker joked that the only reason Simon could eat with his players was because Sage Hill and CdM were done competing with each other this year.

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Soon after lunch, all four players were also done competing in Ojai. Each lost in round of 16 matches at The Thacher School.

Simon fell to No. 4-seeded T.J. Pura of Brentwood, 6-1, 6-2. Adamson lost to Cristobal Rivera of Santa Monica, 7-6, 6-2.

Murray and Williams came the closest to advancing to Saturday morning's CIF doubles quarterfinals, but the San Marino duo of Robert Carter and Daniel Gealer beat them, 3-6, 6-3 and 10-7 in a third-set super-tiebreaker.

Ricker knows nothing is guaranteed at "The Ojai," the prestigious tournament celebrating its 112th year.

"Getting to the round of 16 for these kids is a good experience," Ricker said. "Of course, they would have liked to gone farther — and could have — but there were some very good players who went out in the first round of this tournament."

Two locals are still alive in the junior divisions. Newport Beach native Mazy Watrous earned a pair of 6-4, 6-1 victories to advance to the girls' 18 singles quarterfinals. No. 6-seeded Watrous will play No. 4-seeded Sophia Bott of San Clemente at 9 a.m. Saturday at Libbey Park South.

No. 3-seeded Corona del Mar High freshman Chaz Downing is also alive in the boys' 14 singles draw. He has a quarterfinal match against No. 9-seeded Beau Pelletier of Huntington Beach at 8 a.m. Saturday at Villanova Prep.

The finals for each of the non-CIF divisions are Sunday. Watrous and Downing would each have a maximum of two matches Saturday.

Orange Coast College men's tennis also has a doubles team in the community college division quarterfinals. The Pirates' No. 10-seeded Rex Miller and Pat Wright play No. 2-seeded Josh Banks and Parker Kelley of College of the Desert at 1 p.m. at Ojai Valley Athletic Club.

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