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Boys' Tennis: Sea Kings again clinch second

Corona del Mar sweeps in singles to take care of host Beckman in key Pacific Coast League match.

May 01, 2014|By Matt Szabo

IRVINE — Corona del Mar High tennis senior Carson Williams does not know the name of the mystery man who he hit with last weekend in Ojai.

Williams said the man was in the men's open division of the 114th annual Ojai Tennis Tournament, and he needed a warmup partner. He hit with the man for about 90 minutes.

"I couldn't find him on the draw," Williams said. "He said his first name is Dane, but that must have been short for something. He was really good. He needed a warmup [partner] for his match, and it was great. I played the best tennis of my life. It sparked my singles game, or just my game in general."

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The versatile team captain has been playing singles this week. He played well on a hot day Thursday at Beckman High, and the team seemingly needed every point.

It wasn't as easy as it has been in prior years, but Williams helped ensure that CdM would again finish second in the Pacific Coast League.

Bjorn Hoffmann, Ryan Andrews and Williams all swept in singles as CdM beat Beckman, 11-7, to clinch second place in league for the eighth straight year.

CdM (14-4, 7-2 in league), ranked No. 4 in CIF Southern Section Division 1, still has to conclude league play at Northwood on Monday. But neither the No. 6-ranked Timberwolves (5-4 in league) nor the No. 5-ranked Patriots (4-5) can surpass the Sea Kings now.

Thursday's match certainly was close, just like the Sea Kings' 10-8 win over Beckman at home earlier in league. Beckman Coach Nick Friendt, who said his program has never beaten CdM, at least put a scare into the Sea Kings this year.

But Hoffmann, Andrews and Williams were just too tough in some close sets. Besides Andrews' 6-0 win in the third round, each of the other eight sets were 6-3 or closer.

"We went clutch when it mattered," said Williams, whose normal doubles partner, fellow senior captain Josh Kliger, is out for the year due to a left knee injury. "It was kind of the exact opposite for doubles ... the majority of the matches were really close. It definitely feels really good to get these clutch wins under our belt. The last three seasons, usually we'd breeze through all of these teams, but now they're pretty close to us."

CdM's No. 2 doubles team of senior Samee Aboubakare and junior Tyler Gaede won in the first round over Aaron Yu and Alex Sun, 6-2. And the No. 1 team of Dan LaBruna and Ari Coskinas earned an important 6-2 win over Matt Tran and Mark Nguyen in the third round.

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