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Boys' Tennis: Adamson having big year for CdM

Senior captain, who swept at top-ranked University last week, has worked hard to get ahead.

April 20, 2013|By Matt Szabo
  • Corona del Mar High boys' tennis player Alec Adamson is the Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week.
Corona del Mar High boys' tennis player Alec Adamson… (SCOTT SMELTZER…)

Respect is something that has to be earned on the tennis court.

Anyone who was at the Corona del Mar High boys' tennis home match against University on March 19 had to come away with respect for CdM senior Alec Adamson.

When Adamson came to CdM before his sophomore year, he was a 5-foot-7 kid who was content to play defense. Planted on the baseline, he would scrap, hoping his opponent would either miss a shot or get frustrated.

Adamson stood on the tennis court that day last month as a 6-foot-4 young man, one who was able to dictate tempo against one of the top high school tennis players in the country. He battled UCLA-bound University senior Gage Brymer to the end, holding a 4-2 lead before Brymer's late rally for the win. Then, Adamson had a short break before he had to do battle with two other Division 1-bound players, Stefan Menichella (Pepperdine) and Tyler Lu (Yale).

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Each went down as losses in the book for Adamson. They're the only ones of the season for the Daily Pilot Athlete of the Week, as he is now 46-3.

Adamson is also headed D1, to UC Davis. And his confidence has never been higher, even when going against a player like Brymer, the two-time defending Ojai and CIF Individuals singles champion who also won the prestigious Easter Bowl last weekend.

There really aren't any moral victories. Adamson believes he can win every time he takes the court.

"You always want to play the best players in high school tennis," Adamson said. "I always want to try to raise my game against the best. I was just trying to come out and play my game ... It was a tough loss, but I thought I competed well."

In a way, it is unfair. Talk about Adamson, and you almost have to talk about that school that is just less than five miles away, University, the three-time defending CIF Southern Section Division 1 champion. But Adamson traveled to the Trojans' home court last week, and he put together a sort of redemptive performance.

He swept at No. 1 singles against Menichella (6-2), University junior Drew Dawson (6-1) and freshman Jae Min (6-0). Sure, the Sea Kings again lost the Pacific Coast League match, 13-5. But people were talking about Adamson's performance, for sure.

He was the first CdM player to sweep University in singles since Fabian Matthews, a 2008 graduate who went on to enjoy a four-year career at UC Irvine. CdM Coach Jamie Gresh is surely glad to have a player like Adamson in his first year at the helm.

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