It has been 12 years since a women’s tennis player in the California Community College
Athletic Association has won back-to-back Singles State Championships, but San Diego
Mesa College sophomore Danielle Garrido did just that on April 30.
With an undefeated singles record of 18-0 for this year – and 39-0 for her full two-year
college career – she didn’t let walking pneumonia and injuries slow her down as she
went into the championship. For the second year in a row, she played against Clarissa
Colling of Orange Coast College for the championship title, and won 7-5, 6-1 at Libbey
Park in Ojai, California.
“I hate losing more than I like winning, and that sounds kind of crazy, but ever since
I was young I was always really competitive,” Garrido said of her motivation to do
so well on the courts. “Our tennis team is out here every day working hard. We have
a really good tennis program that actually cares about the development of stroke production
and being a team.”
In 2016, she was named the All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women’s Tennis Team
Player of the Year, and she was named the Athlete of the Week on April 25, 2016.
Amongst her accolades this semester, she was named PCAC Athlete of the Week for the
week of April 17, the only women’s tennis player in the conference to make the list
this year. Tennis Head Coach Marc Pinckney said her hard work and dedication to the
team is part of what helped her to earn this honor and be a successful tennis player
“Garrido is really focused, very competitive, disciplined and coachable – she gives
you the best that she has every day and her effort levels are always at a very high
and consistent,” Pinckney said. “She’s also a good teammate and team leader; she’s
supportive and encouraging to people and she gets what we’re trying to do.”
Nursing major Garrido has her sights set on transferring to a four-year school, with
several offering her a full scholarship.
“I really want to stay in Southern California,” Garrido said. “Right now I am talking
to University of California, Irvine and Cal State Northridge.”
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