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Boys' Tennis: Uni too strong for CdM

Sea Kings battle but fall, as powerhouse Trojans win 71st straight match.

March 19, 2013|By Matt Szabo

CORONA DEL MAR — Think you had an eventful Tuesday afternoon? According to the United States Tennis Assn. 18s rankings, Corona del Mar High senior Alec Adamson spent his afternoon playing tennis against three of the top 50 junior players in the country.

University High seniors Gage Brymer (ranked No. 13, headed to UCLA), Stefan Menichella (No. 46, Pepperdine) and Tyler Lu (No. 27, Yale) handed the UC Davis-bound Adamson his first three dual match losses of the season.

Yet, as University Coach John Kessler watched Adamson battle Lu in the final set of the day, he couldn't help but be impressed.

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"The kid is out here in the third set, after losing two close sets to two of the top kids in the country, and he's giving 100%," Kessler said. "What more can you ask from any person? It's just unbelievably inspiring. I mean, you've got to love the kid ... and he's so gung-ho, team-oriented, positive. He's awesome. I've had the pleasure of watching him grow for [three] years, and he's evolved. He's just become a great person and a great player, in his game and just the way he handles himself. You can't say enough about him. I don't know how you can be an Alec detractor; that's just not possible. It's crazy."

What also continues to be crazy is the amount of talent Kessler's Trojans possess. They again showed CdM that talent in the Pacific Coast League opener for both teams at CdM.

University, top-ranked in CIF Southern Section Division 1, romped over No. 2 CdM, 15-3. Kessler said it was the 71st straight dual match victory for the Trojans, the three-time defending Division 1 champions who won the CdM National All-American Tournament on Saturday.

University (6-0) has not lost a dual match in nearly four years, since falling to Thousand Oaks in the 2009 Division 1 final.

Yet, as is his nature, Kessler was also extremely gracious in victory over the rival Sea Kings (6-1). University and CdM appear to be big favorites to meet in the Division 1 final for the second straight year.

"That should be the CIF final," Kessler said. "They're a great team. They looked very good today. Every one of their doubles played well, their singles played well. We've played no team that's this good."

Brymer, who has won the CIF Individuals singles and the Ojai CIF singles titles each of the last two years, engaged in a thrilling opening set against Adamson. Adamson held a service break lead at 4-2, but Brymer claimed the last four games for a 6-4 victory.

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