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Boys' Tennis: Adamson breaks through

CdM senior makes CIF Individuals for first time, after outlasting Lu in marathon match.

May 02, 2013|By Matt Szabo

IRVINE — Hours passed Thursday afternoon, but Corona del Mar High senior Alec Adamson and University senior Tyler Lu kept playing.

The players had disagreements on calls early in the second set, requiring both teams' head coaches to serve as line judges for the rest of the match, but Adamson and Lu kept playing.

Lu started cramping up late in the second set, but Adamson and Lu kept playing.

The Pacific Coast League individual singles semifinal at Beckman High lasted for more than three hours. But in the end, No. 3-seeded Adamson earned a breakthrough 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 victory over No. 2 Lu.

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Only the top two from each league in singles and doubles advance to the CIF Individuals tournament, which begins May 23. So even though Adamson fell to University senior Gage Brymer, 8-4, in the singles title match, he was more than happy with his day.

It will be the first trip to CIF Individuals for the UC Davis-bound Adamson. He's the first CdM singles player to advance out of the brutal league finals since Fabian Matthews in 2008.

"I was feeling really good coming off Ojai," said Adamson, who made a run to the CIF division semifinals there last weekend. "I wanted to kind of redeem myself. I thought I just had to go out there and play well, and I've got a chance whenever I'm doing that. I know Tyler's a good player, but if I'm on my 'A' game, then I can have chances to win. I just stayed really focused and tried to go out there and play well. In the end, everything worked out, so it was good."

Other CdM players lost in the semifinals. Josh Kliger and Carson Williams fell to Stefan Menichella and Drew Dawson of University, the eventual doubles champions, 6-1, 6-4. CdM freshman Pedro Fernandez, who had upset No. 4-seeded Kenny Gea of Irvine in the quarterfinals, fell to Brymer, 6-2, 6-1, in the other singles semifinal.

Adamson will be CdM's lone representative at CIF Individuals. But he earned it with his performance, staying on court for about five hours during the two matches Friday. He said it was his first-ever singles victory over Lu, who is bound for Yale and is ranked No. 5 in Southern California in the boys' 18s. Adamson is No. 10 in Southern California.

Adamson agreed that beating Lu would qualify as a breakthrough performance.

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