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Ojai Tennis Tournament: Adamson into semis

CdM senior plays well, defeating opponents from Foothill and Laguna Beach to advance. Other locals fall out of contention.

April 26, 2013|By Matt Szabo

OJAI — Corona del Mar High senior Alec Adamson is the last Newport-Mesa athlete still in contention at the prestigious 113th annual Ojai Tennis Tournament.

But Adamson still strives for more. He'll be playing at the tournament's showcase venue, Libbey Park, on Saturday. The goal is a title.

No. 2-seeded Adamson advanced to the CIF singles division semifinals after a pair of impressive victories Friday. He topped Stefan Doehler of Foothill, 6-1, 6-3, on Friday morning at Libbey Park. He later beat Teague Hamilton of Laguna Beach, 6-3, 6-2, in a quarterfinal match.

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Adamson plays Torrey Pines freshman phenom Taylor Fritz in a semifinal at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Libbey Park South. No CdM player has made the Ojai singles championship match since Mike Briggs won the tournament in 1987.

Adamson certainly has a shot to make that history, although Fritz is ranked No. 5 in the nation by the United States Tennis Assn. in the boys' 16s. Adamson beat him, 8-3, at the La Jolla tournament earlier this year.

"He's playing great tennis, smart tennis," CdM Coach Jamie Gresh said of Adamson. "He's winning a variety of ways. Even when his serve hasn't been great, he's still holding, because his ground strokes have been solid. He defends the court well, but he's also looking to come in and force pressure when he can. I think he's playing a really strong all-court game right now. I just have the utmost confidence in Alec when he goes out on the court, because he's going to figure it out."

Top-seeded University High senior Gage Brymer, the two-time defending Ojai CIF singles champion, plays James Wade of San Marino in the other semifinal. The championship match is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Libbey Park. Brymer is trying to become the first three-time champion since Bobby Riggs in 1934-36.

Other locals weren't as fortunate. CdM's doubles team of juniors Carson Williams and Josh Kliger battled to get to the quarterfinals before they were topped by San Marino's Robert Carter and Daniel Gealer, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2. Williams and Kliger had previously beaten Christopher Lees and Daniel Minami of Thousand Oaks, 6-7 (4-7), 6-0, 6-2.

Newport Harbor High sophomore Reese Stalder had an off day in the boys' 16s competition. No. 5-seeded Stalder fell to No. 9-seeded Julian Gordy of Tarzana, 6-1, 6-2, in a round of 16 match.

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