After Josh Kliger and Carson Williams lost in the CIF doubles division quarterfinals last year at the Ojai Tennis Tournament, Corona del Mar High Coach Jamie Gresh gave them a goal.
The goal was simple enough: Return to the tournament next year and win the whole thing.
The time has come for Kliger and Williams, CdM's senior captains, to see if they can accomplish that goal. The 114th annual version of the prestigious tournament starts Thursday.
Kliger and Williams are the lone Newport-Mesa doubles team competing. Newport Harbor junior Reese Stalder and CdM sophomore Bjorn Hoffmann are competing in the CIF singles division, as is Fairmont Prep sophomore Max Pham, a Newport Coast resident.
Kliger has missed more than a month of matches with a left knee injury. He began hitting again last week and returned to match action Tuesday, sweeping with Williams in CdM's Pacific Coast League win over Woodbridge. Kliger and Williams, seeded eighth, open their Ojai tournament Thursday at 11 a.m. at The Thacher School against a team from Vista Murrieta