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CLAREMONT — Beckman boys tennis coach Nick Friend gave his players plenty of encouragement during the CIF-SS Division 2 final against Los Alamitos on Friday.
But a little advice provided a snapshot of the Patriots’ mentality.
“It’s like a league,” the coach yelled at his doubles players.
Yes, Beckman was reminded of the gritty lessons of their Pacific Coast League game when they duel with Surf League runner-up Griffin at the Claremont Club.
The top-seeded Patriots won their first quarter with a balanced effort against No. 3 Griffin 10-8.
Beckman (18-10-1) finished fifth in the Pacific Coast Conference with a 5-7 record but secured the No. 1 seed in Division 2.
“If you’re doing well in the league,” Friendt said, “you’re ready for the big tennis. Woodbridge and University are in the Open semifinals. Portola is in the semifinals (in Division 1). ) and was the No. 2 seed. Northwood reached the quarterfinals (in Division 1).
“The Pacific Coast League will chew you up and spit you out. You better bring your A-game every time.”
Beckman and Los Alamitos (15-4-1) went 9-9, including a 74-74 game stalemate.
The Patriots showed their toughness in the third round, beating Los Alamitos No. 1 Jack Casey from senior Jonathan Prijyanonda and junior Dennis Wang to the title 7-6 (7-4) and Dylan Chen.
“It’s like watching Kobe Bryant play Michael Jordan in the fourth quarter (and) overtime,” Flanders said. “What way to win the game.”
On the championship point, Prijanonda served and volleyed a forehand in front of the net. Patriots players quickly rushed to the court to celebrate.
“Everyone thinks about this moment,” Prijyanonda said. “I didn’t expect this to happen today.”
Beckman also won two doubles titles from seniors Mika Ellington and Ethan Waterland, and a singles title from freshman Kayden Lee (6-1, 6-1, 6-0). ). Junior Hari Raghavan also won two of three matches in singles.