University's Gage Brymer returns a shot against Harvard-Westlake's Jeffrey Bu in the Division 1 team championship.

Championship caps University's unbeaten season


CLAREMONT – At the end of every match and every tournament this season, the University boys tennis team walked off the courts as the winner. If the Trojans could do it one more time Wednesday at the Claremont Club, it would cap a remarkable season where all University did was win.

In the Division 1 CIF-SS boys tennis championships, University closed out a season for the record books, one where the team overcame each obstacle and each challenge in its way, defeating Harvard-Westlake, 14-4.

University finishes the season as champions of the All-American Tournament, the Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament and the CIF-Southern Section. Sophomore Gage Brymer won at Ojai and in the CIF-SS individual tournament, and Kona Luu and Drew Dawson won the CIF-SS doubles tournament.

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"There wasn't much we didn't do," Brymer said. "We set our goals at the beginning of the year, and we did everything we wanted to.

"We stuck it out, and we all played well. We're a top team and we knew people expected us to win, but we knew Harvard-Westlake is a tough team. We were ready to work for that win. To finally close it and cap this perfect season, it feels really good."

University has now won back-to-back CIF-SS titles. It's the school's fourth CIF-SS boys tennis title in the past five years.

"It's a perfect year. It really is," University coach John Kessler said. "I don't know what else you could have asked of these guys.

"They won every tournament. They won every individual title. They went undefeated. I don't know what else they could have done. It's just unbelievable. I think these guys pretty much made a statement this year. I don't know how we're going to top this."

But even Kessler smiles when he thinks about the possibilities of being better next season. The Trojans lose just one starter from their lineup, doubles ace Luu, meaning University should be the favorite every time it takes the court for at least one more season.

"I love the expectations," Brymer said. "There's pressure, but I like that pressure going into next season. Hopefully, we'll have similar results and do this all again."

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