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High Schools: CdM's Adamson an All-American

May 21, 2013|By Matt Szabo

NEWPORT BEACH — It has been a long journey in high school tennis for Corona del Mar High senior Alec Adamson.

His game has grown exponentially over the years, as his height shot up too. At 6-foot-4, he stands out in a crowd.

Among high school tennis players in Orange County, Southern California and even the country, Adamson also stands out.

He was one of four high school seniors honored Monday night at Newport Beach Yacht Club, at the Southern California National High School Tennis All-American awards banquet.

Adamson is a high school All-American, one of four from Southern California. He's the first from the CdM boys' program since Fabian Matthews in 2008.

"There's so many great high school players all over the country," Adamson said. "To be part of the top 40, it's just a great accomplishment I think. And with all of the other great All-Americans like [former pro] Taylor Dent from CdM, it's just such an honor to be part of that group."

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Eighty total boys and girls nationally were honored as 2013 All-Americans by the National High School Tennis All-American Foundation, of which former CdM Coach Tim Mang is the executive director. Nine of them were from Southern California.

The UC Davis-bound Adamson is plenty familiar with the other three boys, as all of them go to rival University High. UCLA-bound Gage Brymer, Yale-bound Tyler Lu and Pepperdine-bound Stefan Menichella were also honored; Brymer earned the Southern California MVP award for the second straight year.

Dana Hills' Alyssa Smith (Duke), Zoe Katz of Campbell Hall (USC), Mayci Jones of Tesoro (BYU), Dorothy Tang of San Marino (Princeton) and Monica Robinson of Fallbrook (Notre Dame) were the Southern California girls' All-Americans honored. Smith earned Southern California MVP honors.

Adamson was joined by his parents, Michael and Mindy, as well as CdM Coach Jamie Gresh and his personal coach Kareem Gobran. Gresh told the attendees that it has been a joy coaching Adamson.

"It's my first year at CdM, and I was kind of blessed to have Alec be my team captain, a team leader," Gresh said. "[He] never missed a practice and really committed himself to the team. He showed great leadership to all the younger kids, and I really value that ... I couldn't be happier with Alec's success on the court and his accomplishments."

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