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Boys' Tennis: CdM stays hot in CIF

Sea Kings top Mira Costa on the road, advancing to what should be an intense semifinal match against Harvard-Westlake.

May 13, 2013|By Matt Szabo

MANHATTAN BEACH — With record-breaking heat in parts of Southern California on Monday, the place to be was by the beach.

That's where the Corona del Mar High boys' tennis team found itself. In the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs, the Sea Kings played at Manhattan Beach Mira Costa, a campus just blocks from the beach.

CdM prevailed, 13-5. And, while cooling is expected throughout the week on the thermometer, the Sea Kings' semifinal matchup also promises to be hotly contested.

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No. 2-seeded CdM (21-2) will play host to No. 3 Harvard-Westlake on Wednesday. The Wolverines beat Los Alamitos, 12-6, in another quarterfinal match.

It's the third straight year CdM and Harvard-Westlake have met in the playoffs. The Wolverines eliminated the Sea Kings in the quarterfinals in 2011, while CdM returned the favor in last year's semifinals. Both of those matches were at Harvard-Westlake's home courts at Los Angeles Valley College.

It would be fair to say there's no love lost between the programs.

"Both teams really get fired up," CdM senior captain Alec Adamson said. "When we played them in the La Jolla tournament earlier this year, things got kind of a little bit rowdy when we were playing doubles. They're a good team, so it will be tough [Wednesday]."

Adamson will certainly help the Sea Kings. After playing a USTA national open tournament match earlier Monday in Lakewood, he came back to sweep in singles at Mira Costa (19-4). He topped sophomore Evan Han, 6-1, freshman Alex Gaal, 6-0, and freshman Joey Rotheram, 6-4.

Adamson is still undefeated in the playoffs. So is No. 2 singles player Bjorn Hoffmann. The freshman played through sickness to record two critical wins Monday, topping Gaal, 7-5, and Rotheram, 6-4.

CdM's No. 1 doubles team of juniors Josh Kliger and Carson Williams also is undefeated in the postseason. They also swept, ending their day with a tiebreaker victory over Mira Costa's No. 3 team of Zak Vand and Jason Wu.

"Carson and Josh have been outstanding," CdM Coach Jamie Gresh said. "That Ojai tournament really made a huge impact on them. Their game has just risen, based on the experience of making the quarters there and seeing the level of high school tennis and college tennis at that event."

There was no shortage of close sets in Monday's match; six of them went to 7-5 or 7-6. A tiebreaker set went in the Mustangs' favor in the first round, when Rotheram saved two set points to top CdM's Ryan Andrews, 7-6 (9-7).

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