The Mira Costa boys tennis has won back-to-back Bay League titles.
Junior Trent Porter said it “felt great” to sweep Palos Verdes and Peninsula to win the league outright for the second year in a row.
“Definitely a highlight of the season, along with winning the Bay Area Classic in Northern California,” Porter said. “Clearly a sign that the team is ready to make a strong CIF run."
Mira Costa is ranked No. 3 in Division 1 behind University and Westlake in the CIF-Southern Section tennis poll. Mira Costa is currently 17-1 overall, 5-0 in the Bay League.
According to head coach Joe Ciasulli, prior to last year, Mira Costa had never won an outright Bay League championship and were never undefeated against Peninsula and Palos Verdes.
“Last year was an historically great season,” Ciasulli said. “This one has the potential to be even better.”
There have been numerous highlights this season, according to Ciasulli, including winning the Bay Area Classic, defeating the best teams from Northern California and San Diego.
“During the season, we won six matches by games after being tied in sets (Canyon Crest of San Diego in the championship of the Bay Area Classic, Arcadia, Palos Verdes twice, and Peninsula),” Ciasulli said.
It all culminated against Peninsula on April 11 in an 82-81 victory won on a tiebreaker at Mira Costa.
It was not decided until the last match on the court. Mira Costa’s Matthew Poh was able to defeat Josh Masuda 6-3 for the win.
In singles, Poh three sets, the other two by scores of 7-6(4), and 6-2.
Tim Dzhurinskiy won three more sets in singles 6-0, 6-2, and 6-1.
That was six points there and they picked up three points in doubles.
Max Weulfing/Ethan Han won two sets 7-6(3) and 7-5.
"My partner Max [Weulfing] and I didn't start out well so we had to keep battling and, fortunately, we turned it around and did just enough to help the team win the match,” said Han, a senior. "Everybody had to do their part because Kyle wasn't there. The team couldn't do what it normally does and rely on our singles players to win 7, 8, or 9 sets. Everybody had to fight for every game."
Tanner Chen/Kelly Giese won one set 6-1.
"This season has been different from prior seasons because in past years, when one of our top players was missing, we inevitably lost,” said Mira Costa senior Nick Darrow. “This season, when someone was missing, someone else always stepped up and did enough to make sure we won."
Every game or set counted including one in singles.
"Despite never playing singles in a match before, I was told right before the match that I was going to be playing No. 2 singles against one of Peninsula's best players,” said Mira Costa senior Nick Gonalons. “I played as best as I could but I lost 6-1. I was pretty down because I felt I had let the team down. Then, as the match progressed, everybody started counting games and, when the final score was tabulated, I realized my game had contributed to the victory. I felt much better."
Mira Costa played rival Redondo Union in its last Bay League match on Wednesday with a chance to go to 6-0 and finish unbeaten.
“This season has been truly remarkable,” Ciasulli said.
The playoffs are right around the corner.
“Hopefully, we can make it into the open division, get the opportunity to play Northwood again and avenge our only loss, and qualify for the State Regional,” Ciasulli said. “That would make this a very special season. That combined with the CIF championship won by the girls in the fall, this might be the best year ever for Mira Costa tennis.”