Feb. 16, 2012
The city College’s men’s tennis team is looking for a clean slate this season after last season’s 3-9 overall record, according to the team’s head coach Dave Griffin.
With one returning player this season, the team faces a strong competition in a conference that holds eight out of the last 10 state champions, said Griffin.
“We’re just a bunch of local guys [who] have fun playing, and we’re against all internationals,” said Griffin.
Conference opponents such as Reedley College and Fresno City College include many stronger international players, brought in on athletic scholarships.
Griffin says there is not as much competition for tennis scholarships in the United States because tennis is not as popular a sport here.
“[International players] look at college scholarships and they pick tennis; and tennis is not one of the big four [sports] here,” said Griffin.
Despite being in a “brutal conference,” said Griffin, the City College team has one returning player. He remains optimistic about the upcoming season.
“They work hard and have a great attitude,” said Griffin, adding that this ethic is “priceless.” Griffin said that his team’s goals is to improve every week.
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