Alexis Mireles and Max Rodriguez accounted for six of the Broncos’ 10 points as the Coast Union boys tennis team defeated Templeton 10-8 on Wednesday, April 27. “The boys really worked it to a team victory,” coach Tom Coxwell saod. “I’m extremely proud of the effort they put forth.”
Mireles won his sets, 6-0, 6-0, 6-1, and Rodriquez defeated his opponent, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3. Omar Alarcon came up short in his first two sets (3-6, 3-6) but powered his way to a win in the third set, 7-5.
Jesse Hauser and David Nolan lost their first doubles set, 1-6, but came back to win the final two, 7-6, 6-3. Paul Butterfield and Eric Hollingsead lost their first two doubles sets (1-6, 3-6) but finished strong, winning 6-3.
Coxwell, taking over coaching duties for Ron Ruggles following Ruggles’ knee surgery, said the “experience has been great.”
“The boys have worked really hard and have responded positively to my coaching techniques, drills and ideas. They’ve made an adjustment to a new coach,” and the 16 boys on the team have made the adjusted coaching situation work “for both of us,” Coxwell explained.
The coach has not been assigned to coach girls tennis in the fall, but he has put in an application for that job and said he has had “a lot of success coaching high school girls in the past.”
Top seed Mireles will compete in the CIF playoffs for the second straight year; this year the postseason for tennis begins May 28 in Carpinteria. Coxwell has arranged for Mireles to train with top seeds from Mission Prep, Morro Bay and Templeton, who will also be going to CIF playoffs.
On Tuesday, May 3, the tennis team played at Dunn School in the Santa Ynez Valley…