Jesse Miritello upped his practice time with his private coach during the offseason after losing in the Division I quarterfinals.
Then the Mountain View lost the first match of his senior year.
Miritello was confident that he’d be just fine the rest of the way. The Point Loma signee lost only one more match on his way to the Division I state title and being named the Tribune’s Boys Tennis Player of the Year.
“It was about halfway into the season and I saw everyone I had to beat and knew I could win state,” he said. “It started playing more confident and knew I shouldn’t be dropping points. After that I played at a higher level.”
Miritello is known for his play at the net compared to most high school players who are more comfortable playing along the baseline.
“I know I can get react fast enough and it is hard for them to get a passing shot,” he said. “It really worked this year. On the day I won (state) I was still in shock.
“Now that there has been some time and it has settled in a little more. Winning state really means all that work I put in led to something special.”
All-Tribune Boys Tennis
Jesse Miritello Mountain View
Yusuf Saleem Desert Vista
Kesin Dolwani Arizona College Prep
Jordan Yeager Perry
Zach Frampton/Logan Cromeens Corona del Sol
Freddie Wentling/Vedik Narvale Hamilton
Logan Poulsen/Matt Caldwell Skyline
Player of the Year – Jesse Miritello, Mesa Mountain View
Coach of the Year – Ben Orwin, Skyline: An undefeated regular season led to an appearance in the Division II state semifinals.