Women’s tennis strive to duplicate success

Lizette Sainz

The reigning Southern California women’s tennis team champions will look to replicate last years’ success this season.

The Falcons finished with a 25-1 overall record and went 12-0 in conference play.

Head coach Alvin Kim said, “Last season was our first state championship, it was kind of like a dream season, we had an undefeated record in the state, we swept a lot of the awards as well, […] pretty much as a season it was well expected.”

This years women’s tennis team consists of six players, three first year players and three second year players.

Among the members there are multiple players from other countries looking to make their mark this season.

First year player Petra Such said, “I’m from Hungary and I’m 19 years old, I came here to study and to play tennis, my goal for this semester is to win as many matches as I can for my team.”

Interior design major Diviana Bravo said, “I’m from Ecuador I was in the Unidad Educativa Rosa de Jesus Cordero, this is my first year at Cerritos, I’m very excited for my first season that’s about to start and kind of nervous, […] I hope my team and I can get far and win this season.”

Last season the entire team faired well in both singles and doubles, every player and tandem had a winning record and hope to continue that success this season.

Sophomore Elizabeth Aceves said,”This season I’m just hoping to get better in doubles, I’m more passionate in doubles than singles. Hopefully I learned [how to improve ] my serves.”

Despite having success last season in conference and in the playoffs coach Kim understands that every season presents new challenges.

“This season [it] will be hard to follow a season like that, we had some trouble with a couple recruits who cannot join our team on time, so we will not be as strong as we hope to be, we have a good group, we will do the best we can,” Kim said.

The Falcons will begin the season Feb. 2 against Chapman University, and will begin conference play against Rio Hondo Feb. 23.