The Cambrian

Bronco tennis team learning to be aggressive

Coast Union varsity tennis Coach Ron Garcia has been hammering home the theme that his players should strive to be “aggressive” on the court. Apparently it’s paying off for Garcia and the team because they recently defeated the Morro Bay varsity team 16-2, and they skunked Fowler High School 9-0.

“We have a lot of kids who never played tennis before, so we spend a lot of time on fundamentals. We also believe in teaching kids to be aggressive—attacking the net— and we’re starting to see some rewards from that,” said Garcia.

The Broncos’ varsity tennis team — featuring 17 players — is 2-1 thus far this season.

The Broncos achieve their rankings on the team based on challenges, Garcia explains. The two players at the top of the “ladder” are juniors Kyle Reed and Alex Roper. They challenged each other and Reed came out on top.

Garcia, who will take over the Coast Union head coaching duties for football this fall, says he tries to bring some of the “same mentality” he teaches in football over to his tennis players. “Taking it to your opponent” works in football and tennis, he insists.

“The program is progressing,” Garcia explains. “We’re becoming very competitive, especially for our size of school.”

— John FitzRandolph, special to The Cambrian