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Coast Union’s Alexis Mireles falls to high seed in CIF tennis playoffs

Alexis Mireles is Coast Union’s MVP for boys tennis for the second consecutive year.
Alexis Mireles is Coast Union’s MVP for boys tennis for the second consecutive year.

For the second straight year, top Coast Union tennis seed Alexis Mireles has been named the team’s MVP. Coach Tom Coxwell also announced that Omar Alarcon has won the Coach’s Award and Eric Hollingsead was named most improved for 2016.

Mireles qualified for the CIF Southern Section playoffs for the second year, and again this year — May 26 in Santa Barbara — he lost in the first round, 6-1, 6-1.

Mireles said he got “an unlucky draw” in the CIF tournament by being matched against Gilbert Chung, “the third or fourth seed out of 120 players.” There are no divisions in CIF tennis playoffs.

Hence, Mireles, from a Division 7 school, was paired against Chung, from a Division 4A school.

Chung played for Campbell Hall High School, a private Episcopal school (12th-grade annual tuition: $37,260) in North Hollywood.

“In the first set we went to deuce a lot, and I had an opportunity to break him,” Mireles said Monday, May 30. “But he was really good under pressure.”

Having gone up against a terrific player, Mireles said, “I know I’m capable of playing at that level,” which he said gives him hope that he might be able to walk on as a freshman at USC this coming school year.

Coxwell, who was on hand to support Mireles at the tournament, said, “Alexis was competing against the best of all the best in all of Southern California. I couldn’t be more proud of how he played and represented Coast Union and Cambria.”

Special to The Cambrian.

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