In a span of four years, Jake Michaels has successfully been able to hold court.
That short time frame has seen the Laguna Beach High senior go from novice to an accomplished junior player who in May won his first Orange Coast League singles title. He also was a driving force behind the Breakers' run to a CIF Southern Section Division 4 finals appearance earlier this month at Claremont Club.
Not bad for an athlete who said he first picked up a racquet at age 10 and played only once a month until, at 15, he began to play tennis daily.
Playing national soccer, he said, took up most his sports calendar between the ages of 6 and 15.
"We had a great season this year," he said of the Breakers, who finished runner-up to the Division 4 crown to defending-champion Viewpoint. "We had high aspirations coming into the season and we were able to live up to our expectations by making it to the CIF championship."