The Coast Union tennis team wrapped up its season Tuesday, May 3, at Dunn School, where the Broncos were bested by the Earwigs 12-6.
Acting coach Tom Coxwell took eight seniors and one sophomore to Dunn School and said, “All of the boys played hard. … The whole team is a group of boys to be very proud of.”
Top seed Alexis Mireles lost his second set but showed well (6-2, 2-6, 6-0). Max Rodriquez picked up one win (5-7, 0-6, 6-3), and each of the doubles teams (Roberto Quintero and Asher Armstrong; Octavio Villaro and Miguel Lizola; and Andrew Solar and Eric Hollingsead) each won a single set, Coxwell reported.
Admitting that his eight seniors will be hard to replace in 2017, Coxwell noted that “four capable sophomores will be returning next year,” including Hollingsead, Paul Butterfield, Jesse Hauser and David Nolan. “The future is bright for Coast Union tennis,” he said.
The one player who won’t be easily replaced is Mireles.
“He is our leader; he sets the tone both on and off the court,” Coxwell said.
“He is not finished because he has individual CIF playoffs May 26 before he moves on to the University of Southern California in the fall.”
Coxwell has been coaching tennis for 40 years, and said that Mireles “is the kind of young man you hope to have on your team. … Coast has been fortunate to have him for three years” (Mireles didn’t go out for tennis his freshman year).
Next week, The Cambrian will feature an interview with Mireles on his choice of USC rather than the other three schools he was acceptance to, on his upcoming (May 26) CIF challenge — and on his future career and tennis plans.