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Boys' Tennis: CdM not the one

Sea Kings can't break University's winning streak, as Trojans win 76th straight match, dating to 2009.

April 11, 2013|By Matt Szabo
  • Corona del Mar High singles player Alec Adamson tracks the ball down in a Pacific Coast League match against University's Drew Dawson on Thursday.
Corona del Mar High singles player Alec Adamson tracks… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

IRVINE — John Kessler called himself "a big history buff," so it's understandable why the University High boys' tennis coach went into Thursday's Pacific Coast League match against rival Corona del Mar a bit apprehensive.

Kessler said CdM was the last Orange County team to beat University in a dual match, in 2006. In that match, Kessler said his team was short-handed.

Fast forward seven years, and the Trojans were again not at full strength Thursday. Two of their top three players, UCLA-bound senior Gage Brymer and Yale-bound senior Tyler Lu, are playing at the prestigious Easter Bowl tournament in Rancho Mirage.

"The streak has got to end at some point," said Kessler, who teaches AP U.S. History at University. "To me, it's kind of apropos if it was to CdM."

Not on this day. University, the three-time defending champion CIF Southern Section Division 1 champion, was once again simply too strong.

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The Trojans won seven of nine doubles sets and cruised, 13-5, at home. They won their 76th straight match, dating to 2009. They appear to be on the way to their seventh straight outright Pacific Coast League title.

It was once again a matchup of the top two teams in Division 1. Nobody else looks close. Consider that CdM beat No. 3 Palos Verdes, 14-4, and No. 4 Los Alamitos, 16-2, earlier this season.

The Trojans (11-0, 6-0 in league) and Sea Kings (13-2, 4-2) should meet in the Division 1 final at The Claremont Club for the second straight year.

"See you in the finals," Kessler said to CdM Coach Jamie Gresh as the Sea Kings left the courts at Uni early Thursday evening. "Make sure you get there."

Corona del Mar, which lost to University, 15-3, in the teams' league opener March 19, also was down a player in the rematch. CdM sophomore Chaz Downing also is playing at the Easter Bowl.

Regardless, UC Davis-bound senior Alec Adamson certainly elevated his game.

Adamson swept at No. 1 singles. He beat Pepperdine-bound Uni senior Stefan Menichella, 6-2, then came back to top junior Drew Dawson, 6-1, and freshman Jae Min, 6-0. It was a much different story than the teams' first meeting, when Brymer, Lu and Menichella handed Adamson his only three losses of the season. He is now 40-3.

Former CdM boys' head coach Brian Ricker said in a text message that this was the first time that CdM has beaten Menichella, ranked No. 10 in the Southern California boys' 18s, in singles. Adamson is ranked No. 13 in Southern California.

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