In an event steeped in tradition and history, Michael McClune of Irvine Woodbridge has just started his legacy.
The top-seeded sophomore, ranked No. 2 nationally in the U.S. Tennis Assn. boys' 16-and-under division, came from behind to defeat second-seeded senior Blake Muller of Santa Barbara, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-2, becoming the first player from his school to win the boys' CIF Interscholastic division championship during the 105th Ojai Valley tennis tournament on Saturday at Libbey Park.
McClune, a lanky right-hander with a variety of shots, had to overcome the Stanford-bound Muller's tremendous serve in a 2 1/2-hour match, finally completing an arduous day in which he also had to go three sets to defeat Jason Jung of West Torrance, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, in the semifinals.
"It think this is a great win," McClune said.
"There's definitely pressure being the No. 1 seed, but I dealt with it. It was tough, so I definitely think I earned it."