Rackets rattle for Knights

Slow start for City College tennis teams as season begins


David Pradel

Freshman Dale Guiterrez (left) and freshman Brianna Hooks (right) both lead the Knights men’s and women’s tennis team’s as the new spring season swings off. Photo credit: David Pradel

David Pradel, Sports Editor

There is a unique sound that is created when a tennis racket connects with the tennis ball and sends it twirling over the net and that sound now echoes throughout the tennis courts at San Diego City College as it marks the Knights tennis season.

For both teams it has been a slow start to the season as the men’s team sits with a 2-9 overall record and the women’s team with a 1-3 overall record.

The men’s team opened their season by losing against Saddleback College at home 9-0 on Jan. 27 and lost their following two games but were able to pull a 8-1 home victory against Cypress College on Feb. 5.

On Feb. 12, the men’s team defeated Victor Valley College 9-0 with freshmen Sebastian Villalba, Logan Rinder and Dale Gutierrez leading the team in singles. But after their victory against the Rams, the Knights fell into a five game losing streak that put the team in sixth place in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

“This year, the team is a lot better than last season and we are training really hard at practibegant I think we need to be a little more gritty in the upcoming matches,” said sophomore David Lin. “Our freshmen this year are really good and have the ability to win matches and as a team our main objective is to compete and qualify for the conference tournament in Ojai.”

The women’s team, who began their season earlier this month lost their opening match against Cypress College 9-0 on Feb. 5 but were able to bounce back by defending their home court with a 9-0 victory over Cuyamaca College on Feb. 12.

Following their win, the team lost their next two matches which put the team in fourth place in the PCAC.

Freshman Karen Lopo expressed that although the freshmen filled team has lost a few matches, the team has a lot of fight in them.

“Everyone is putting their best effort and right now we developing all of our skills since a lot of played doubles in high school and not singles so we need to figure who works better with who on doubles,” Lopo added.