Kinship legacy on the tennis court

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The brother and sister have been playing together since Cabrillo High School and are continuing their sport through college.

Sports have been known to unite the world to reach one goal. Teammates, at times, will band together to form a sort of brotherhood to reach the goal of the team.

Very few times are those sport related brotherhoods forged from actual related blood. The Cerritos College tennis team features siblings that share a love of tennis.

Brother and sister, freshman Nina Pacquing and freshman Jose Pacquing have been playing tennis together since they went to Cabrillo High School.

Jose and Nina are players of the sport and were influenced by their father.

Nina was born first on Nov. 13, 1992 followed by Jose who was born on March 6, 1995

“My sister actually started playing tennis because of my dad,” Jose said, “and my dad started playing tennis because he was getting to old to play soccer and he was curious.”

Jose’s father, Luis Pacquing, used to play soccer when he was younger.

Although he is no longer boots on the pitch scoring goals, he currently is a coach of his own soccer team.

Jose and Nina said that their father gave them the passion for tennis, while their mother, Elaine Pacquing, nourished that passion by supporting her children despite having a busy schedule as a school teacher.

Nina was the first to pick up the racket and play with her father.

Nina was enrolled into Cabrillo High School where she played tennis as a class, not a competitive sport.

“I started playing tennis with my sister because her senior year was my sophomore year,” Jose said.

When it came down to skill, Jose said he was expected to know technicalities of the sport because his older sister had passed down her talent.

Nina started to really play the sport in her sophomore year. “I just took the class just to take it,” Nina said. “Then I actually found myself enjoying it.”

According to Nina, her father believed tennis was a good way to bond with the family.

Head coach Alvin Kim can notice this connection even though the men train on one court and the women on another.

“During the winter practices we had practices together and I think you could see the connection there,” Kim said.