Coast Union’s top boys tennis player went down in two sets during his first-ever CIF appearance Thursday, May 28, at Cate School in Santa Barbara. But although Alexis Mireles lost to a tough opponent, 6-1, 6-0, the match was not as one-sided as the score might indicate.
“We were actually very close in almost every game,” Mireles explained in a phone interview two days after his competition against Max Prestwich of Nordhoff High School. “The match was a lot closer than the score suggests. Almost every one of our games went to deuce, so it was really anyone’s game. There were no ‘love’ games; each of us had to fight for it.”
Six-one, six-zero “doesn’t sound very good,” he admitted, “but with nearly every game going to deuce, I was pretty stoked. I thought I played at a very good level. I just couldn’t get those final points.”
“There were a lot of really good players there. I was a little nervous, I’m always a little nervous when I’m going against a player I don’t know. But once I got into it and got warmed up, I kind of shook off the nerves.”
Mireles believes that if he practices “as hard as I’ve been practicing, I’ll be able to surpass” the level play exhibited by Prestwich.
Meanwhile, he is lifting weights to build up strength in preparation for the football season, which will be his second as starting quarterback. Coast Union opens its season at home Sept. 4 against Fresno Christian.