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Boys' Tennis: CdM shows it is King

Balanced effort allows Corona del Mar to top Palos Verdes on road, in battle of Division 1 powerhouses.

March 06, 2013|By Matt Szabo

PALOS VERDES ESTATES — As members of the Corona del Mar High boys' tennis team finished off their nonleague match at Palos Verdes on Wednesday, they naturally were hungry.

Palos Verdes parents were grilling burgers near the tennis court. Some of the CdM players were a bit apprehensive at first, wondering if they should pay for their meal.

The burgers turned out to be on the house for the players. They probably tasted a bit more delicious after a big win.


Corona del Mar dominated the battle of the teams with Sea Kings as a mascot, cruising to a 14-4 victory.

It has been a big start to the season for CdM (4-0) and first-year coach Jamie Gresh. CdM, coming off a season when it made the CIF Southern Section Division 1 title match for the first time in nine years, is younger this year but appears to have that kind of talent again.

"We have pretty good depth in singles and doubles," said UC Davis-bound senior Alec Adamson, who swept Wednesday at No. 1 singles. "With a younger team, it's definitely good to get some good tests. It'll help us in CIF, and when we go up against Uni. We're going to have to pull out the close matches against Uni, to try to beat them this year."

CdM won the La Jolla Country Day Invitational last weekend in dominant fashion. The visitors stayed calm under pressure against Palos Verdes (0-2) as well.

CdM won four sets by a 6-4 score, and two by a 7-5 score. The No. 1 doubles team of juniors Carson Williams and Josh Kliger swept, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.

"We started out a little flat," Williams said. "All of our matches were close, but we were able to pull them out. We came out really confident [as a team]. [Palos Verdes] lost to the team [La Jolla] that we beat 9-0 in the tournament."

CdM jumped out to a 5-1 lead, including Adamson's 6-4 set victory against Palos Verdes junior Jake Douglas at No. 1 singles. The set was on serve until the final game, when Adamson broke.

Adamson is ranked No. 21 in Southern California in boys' 18s, while Douglas is No. 12 in the 16s.

"He started really well right off the bat," Adamson said. "I just was able to weather the storm, stayed focused and broke him in the end."

CdM sophomore Chaz Downing, who also swept at No. 2 singles, also finished off the match with an impressive 6-4 victory over Douglas, the two-time Bay League singles champion.

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