May 17, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. – UC Davis men’s tennis head coach Eric Steidlmayer’s incoming 2013 recruiting class will now feature a high school All-American, as Newport Beach, Calif., native Alec Adamson was honored by the National High School Tennis All-American Foundation.
Naming 40 boys and 40 girls high school All-Americans every year since 2000, the NHSTAF teams feature the best players from around the nation. Adamson is one of eight players from the state of California to be honored this year.
Adamson, currently a senior at Corona del Mar HS, is a five-star recruit according to www.tennisrecruiting.net and ranked the No. 53 player in the nation. He has a 70-23 high school singles record and is 10-7 against other five-star recruits in his career. He was a first team all-Pacific League selection and second team all-Orange County as a junior.
The Aggies have two incoming four-star recruits as well, in San Marino, Calif., native James Wade (San Marino HS) and San Jose, Calif., native Bryce McKelvie (Valley Christian HS).
Wade has been rated as high as No. 82 in the nation as a senior and was named Pasadena Star-News Player of the Year in 2012 after advancing to the round of 16 at the CIF-Southern Section tournament as a junior. McKelvie has steadily climbed the rankings to No. 160 this year. He was a first team all-West Catholic Athletic League selection as a senior.
“Our incoming freshmen have all the qualities we are looking for in players,” Steidlmayer said. “They already have a high level of play, come from winning high school teams, have high character, are competitive and are good athletes. All three also have a strong desire to help make UC Davis a great program. We are very excited to have Alec, James and Bryce aboard. We know that they will help us immediately and add more depth to our already solid group returning.”
Recently, Adamson and Wade both advanced to the semifinals of CIF Boys Singles draw at the Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament in April.
Adamson was victorious 6-2, 6-0 in the round of 64, 3-6, 6-1, 6-0 in the round of 32, 6-1, 6-3 in the round of 16 and 6-3, 6-3 over UC Santa Barbara signee Teague Hamilton in the quarterfinals before falling 6-1, 6-4 in the semifinals.
Wade won 6-0, 6-0 in the round of 64, 2-6, 6-0, 6-0 in the round of 32, 7-6, 6-1 in the round of 16 and 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the quarterfinals over Oregon signee Jayson Amos before falling in the semis, 6-0, 6-2, to UCLA signee Gage Brymer, the No. 2 ranked high school player in the nation.
“An example of the competitive nature that both Alec and James display is, while they were excited to make the semifinals of the Ojai Valley tournament, they were not satisfied,” Steidlmayer said. “They will both continue their successful seasons in the following weeks at both individual USTA tournaments and in their high school CIF team tournaments.”
Wade and San Marino HS are in the finals of the CIF-Southern Section Div. II finals against Palm Desert while Adamson and Corona del Mar HS will meet University HS in the championship match of the CIF-Southern Section Div. I tournament.