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PREVIEW: Wilson Boys’ Tennis Playing for CIF Title Friday

The562’s coverage of Long Beach tennis is sponsored by the Long Beach State Tennis Boosters.

The562’s coverage of Long Beach Wilson Athletics is sponsored by Joel Bitonio, Class of 2009.

The top-seed Wilson Bruins will have the opportunity to claim the CIF-SS Division 4 boys’ tennis championship on Friday, taking on Brea Olinda at The Claremont Club. First serve is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

Wilson, led by head coach Nick Medina, survived a tough semifinal at El Segundo on Wednesday, advancing with a 10-8 victory. The Bruins’ earlier playoff wins were more comfortable, defeating Fairmont Prep (15-3), Yucca Valley (18-0), and Thacher (13-5) by wide margins.

After winning the program’s first Moore League boys’ tennis title since 2015, the Bruins are on the verge of winning what would be the school’s first CIF championship in boys’ tennis. This is also the first title match appearance for Wilson.

A Bruins win would also continue a terrific run for local tennis teams in Division 4. The Millikan boys won this same CIF title in 2021, and Long Beach Poly’s girls team claimed the D4 crown in 2022, the first for that program.

Brea Olinda defeated La Serna, 13-5, in their semifinal victory and have beaten opponents by an average of 9 points in their playoff run, winning each of their matches by at least 4 points.

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Tyler Hendrickson
Tyler Hendrickson was born and raised in Long Beach, and started covering sports in his hometown in 2010. After five years as a sportswriter, Tyler joined the athletic department at Long Beach State University in 2015. He spent more than four years in the athletic communications department, working primarily with the Dirtbags baseball program. Tyler also co-authored of The History of Long Beach Poly: Scholars & Champions.