Nov. 30, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Parker Kelley has signed a grant-in-aid form to join the UC Davis men's tennis team while Alec Adamson and James Wade have each signed National Letters of Intent, it was announced by head coach Eric Steidlmayer.
Kelley, a transfer from College of the Desert, will compete for the Aggies beginning in January. A four-time All-Bay League first team selection at Mira Costa HS in Manhattan Beach, Kelley was the 2010 Bay League doubles champion and was runner-up in doubles at the CIF-Southern Section finals. Ranked the 29th-best prospect in California by USTA, he was part of a USTA National Championship doubles pairing in 2010.
At College of the Desert, Parker was part of a Roadrunner team that won an unprecedented 14th state championship title in 2011. He played at No. 1 singles for the 2011-12 season as College of the Desert was the top-ranked junior college in the nation for most of the year and also excelled at doubles, winning the Men's Community College Doubles title at the 112th Annual Ojai Valley Tournament in April 2012.
"Parker is a great competitor who is going to help us right away in both singles and doubles," said Steidlmayer. "His extensive experience in juniors and collegiate tennis have given him a high level of confidence, and (assistant coach) Michael (Meyer) and I both believe he can play at a very high level."
Adamson and Wade will join the UC Davis men's team in the fall of 2013.
"We are excited to have both James and Alec join us," continued Steidlmayer. "Both are quality players who have had very good junior careers in one of the toughest tennis sections in America. They are both eager, confident and competitive individuals who want to see UC Davis tennis excel in the next few years."
Adamson arrives at UC Davis from Corona del Mar High School in Newport Beach, Calif. He played at No. 1 singles during his junior season, helping the Sea Kings advance to their first CIF-Southern Section championship since 2003. For his efforts, Adamson earned his first-ever spot on the All-Pacific League singles first team as well as the All-Orange County second team.
As a sophomore in 2011, Adamson and Corona del Mar HS reached the CIF-SS quarterfinals. He was selected to the Pacific Coast League doubles first team and the Orange County doubles first team.
Wade closed out his junior season at San Marino High School as the Pasadena Star News Player of the Year after a 42-5 record at the No. 1 singles position. He won the Rio Honda League singles title, advancing to the CIF-Southern Section championship where he reached the round of 16. His team voted him Most Valuable Player as well as team captain.
He was an All-Rio Honda League first team selection in singles as a sophomore after picking up a second-team nod in his debut season with San Marino HS. Wade has competed at the CIF-Southern Section championships in all three years of his prep career.
"Alec is an all-court player who has relied on his backhand and court knowledge to win matches in the past, but his forehand, fitness and all-around game is improving," said Steidlmayer. "James is an athletic competitor who attacks at every opportunity, especially with his forehand. We love his ability to move as well as the leadership he exhibits on and off the court. We expect both to improve a great deal over the next year and be ready to immediately establish themselves as collegiate players once they arrive at UC Davis."
The Aggies resume action on Jan. 19 at Santa Clara before hosting Sonoma State (Jan. 25) and Pacific (Jan. 26) in back-to-back contest at the Marya Welch Tennis Center in Davis.