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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Kinship legacy on the tennis court

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.


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Sebastian Echeverry, Editor in Chief
Hello all, my name is Sebastian Echeverry and I am the Editor-in-Chief for the fall 2015 semester. I have been working for the newspaper for four semesters now and slowly climbed the ranks from staff writer, to assistant sports editor, to sports editor, news/managing editor and finally the big cheese. My interest in journalism began when the twin towers fell on September 11 and the U.S. invaded Iraq. Global news coverage of airstrikes in Baghdad plagued the media and my father who served in the Colombian military would sit with me and explain what was going on to me. I was only eight years old at the time, so putting politics aside, I was only interested in how reporters on the front lines were seeing history unfold in front of them. Since then, I enjoyed reading and writing especially about global news. My first taste of research was for a high school paper about the militias still active in the U.S. I remember sipping some brew outside on the Coffee Bean's patio and being swallowed up by data, and liking it. I Currently have a part time job at Calvin Klein, my favorite sport is soccer and I love, Barcelona, Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund. I also enjoy watching hockey and my favorite team there is the Detroit Red Wings, yeah weird I know. I'm an easy person to approach and talk to and if you have story ideas let's get cracking on them! my email is: [email protected] My Twitter is: C_bass581141 My Instagram is: onlyc_bass5 and for giggles my snapchat is: onlyc_bass5
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