Adams was a three-year letterwinner for the Quakers from 1970-72. A team captain in 1971 and 1972, Adams was one of the most dominant players in team history. In his first season he went 8-1 at No. 1 singles as a sophomore, helping Penn to the EITA team championship. As a junior, he lost just two matches all year -- singles and doubles combined -- and seldom lost a set. He went 12-1 at No. 1 singles for the Red and Blue and led Penn to a 9-5 overall record and a fifth-place finish in the Eastern Intercollegiate Tennis Association (EITA) standings with a 5-4 league record.
His senior season in 1972 was even better and may very well have been the best single-season effort in school history. Behind Adams, Penn went 12-3 on the year and finished with a 6-2 record in the EITA standings. Adams earned his All-America distinction going 12-3 at No. 1 singles for the Quakers. He claimed the EITA singles title and also won the EITA championship in doubles with teammate Larry Loeb. The duo combined to go 7-2 on the year at No. 1 doubles en route to the league title. At the NCAA Championships, hosted by Georgia, Penn finished 10th which remains the Quakers' highest finish as a team at NCAAs. Also that season, Adams was a two-time All-EITA/All-Ivy recipient, earning first-team honors in both singles and doubles. For his efforts, Adams was named the team's Most Valuable Player, earning the Gabriel Lavine Trophy.
Adams is also a member of Penn's Tennis Hall of Fame.