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CdM dominates in doubles, beats Woodbridge
NEWPORT BEACH – There were times during the 2010 boys tennis season when Corona del Mar doubles partners Carter Wheatley or Alex Murray wouldn't play well. If Wheatley struggled, Murray would pick up his play. If Murray wasn't sharp, Wheatley knew he had to be.
The duo depended on one another all the way to earning spots on the all-league and All-County doubles teams. Now, things are a little different.
Neither Wheatley, a senior, nor Murray, a junior, have to carry an extra load when the pair is playing well, and Tuesday during CdM's match with Woodbridge, that was certainly the case.
The Sea Kings' No. 1 doubles team rolled to wins in all three of its sets of an 11-7 victory over the visiting Warriors in Pacific Coast League action.
"The biggest thing for us is making sure we're always holding on our serves," Wheatley said. "When our serves are on, we're pretty tough to beat. In doubles, serving is such a big thing. We just focus on getting one break."
And without a breath passing, Murray chimed in.
"If we get one," he said, "we're good to go."
Wheatley and Murray set the tone for a strong doubles for CdM, which took eight of nine possible points in doubles.
On the singles side, the set of the day went to Woodbridge's Patrick Lipscomb and CdM's Shane Korber. The two battled into a tie-break in a match-up that lasted over an hour. Though Korber hung on to win the point for CdM, Lipscomb showed why he deserves to be considered one of the top singles players in the PCL.
"He's the most improved player I've seen from freshman year to now," CdM coach Brian Ricker said.
Ricker's not the only one impressed. Lipscomb's coach at Woodbridge, Ric Barth, said he was proud to see his No. 1 singles player battle like that.
"He had to play doubles for me the first two years. He was slow," Barth said. "But he's really worked hard on his game. He's got the right attitude to do well, and he played that kid (Korber) tough."
Lipscomb won both of his other two sets for Woodbridge.
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