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Boys' Tennis: Season ends in style for Brymer, Uni

Trojans sweep at CIF Individuals, as Brymer captures third straight singles title while Tseng and Hafezi win in doubles.

June 02, 2013|By Matt Szabo

SEAL BEACH — Anyone who was at Seal Beach Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon was able to witness history, both individual and team.

University High senior Gage Brymer rallied to defeat Rancho Cucamonga Alta Loma junior Victor Brown, 6-4, 6-0, capturing his third straight CIF Individuals singles title. Brymer staked his claim as the top boys' tennis player in Southern Section history.

The scary part is that the 2013 Trojans might be able to say the same thing as a team. It was an all-University doubles final as well. Junior Eric Tseng and sophomore Arash Hafezi upset their top-seeded teammates, senior Stefan Menichella and junior Drew Dawson, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (1).

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It was the second time in the history of CIF Individuals that the singles champion and the two doubles finalists all came from the same school. La Jolla was the other school to accomplish the feat in 1958.

For the Trojans, widely considered the top team in the country, it was a fitting ending to an undefeated season that saw them capture CIF Southern Section Division 1, SoCal Regional and National High School All-American Tournament titles.

"There's a team in Illinois, Hinsdale, that won the DecoTurf tournament in Kentucky," Uni Coach John Kessler said. "I looked up their lineup, and at the top they have good guys, but you can't go [to Nos.] 10, 11, 12 with us. You can't. It's impossible. I don't know if there's a better high school team ever.

"You know, Drew should have been an All-American, and that's four All-Americans [including Brymer (UCLA), Menichella (Pepperdine) and Yale-bound senior Tyler Lu] on one team. Then you have guys like [Tseng and Hafezi] who aren't All-American. How can there possibly be a better team? … Everyone could have four great guys, but they don't have 10 great guys."

Brymer, who beat San Marino senior James Wade, 6-3, 6-3, in the semifinals, has been a great guy throughout his prep career. He lost just three times in four years, none as a junior or senior. He was undefeated since losing to CdM's Shane Korber, now at Georgetown, in a 2011 Pacific Coast League match.

But Brymer was down to the lefty Brown, 4-1, in the first set of the final. On the changeover, Kessler gave him some advice.

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