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Men’s tennis team gears up for a fresh start

First year City College tennis player Jaime Hernandez practices for the upcoming match with Shasta College. Kate Paloy | [email protected]

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.

A key player on the men’s team to look out for this season, Griffin added, is sophomore physical therapy major Tung Trinh. Trinh is the men’s team single returning player this season.
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Trinh said the team is almost completely new.

“The most important part this season is learning,” said Trinh.

Trinh said he wants to keep working hard, improve as a player and win more matches.

Sophomore Forensic Psychology major Jaime Hernandez is one of the many new additions to the City College men’s tennis team.

While Hernandez has only played tennis for a year and a half, Hernandez said he looks forward to improving and helping his team win more matches this season.

“I heard we didn’t do too well last season and lost most of our matches,” said Hernandez.Jaime Hernandez has fun with the game while making passing his classes a priority.  Kate Paloy |

As a student-athlete, Hernandez says his primary goal is to be a student first and athlete second.

“My main goal is to pass all my classes but also to have fun playing tennis,” said Hernandez.

The team’s first home match will be against Shasta College on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 1 p.m.

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