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New women’s tennis coach aiming for national award

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The women’s tennis team is chosen and into the season. The team consists of seven players, some returning and some new.

In addition to this team, GRCC has hired a new coach, former GRCC athlete Nikki Banks.  She played two seasons for the raiders in 1987-1989. After playing two years at GRCC, she moved on to play two more years at Grand Valley State University.

Banks has high hopes for her team this year.

“All of these girls are extremely competitive and have each others’ back,” said Banks. “I’m hoping for a winning season and hard work and perseverance from these girls.”

Bank’s ultimate goal is to bring a national title to the team, who ranked 24th last year in the national competition, although she says there are more important things to accomplish as well.

“I want to help these girls as much as I can so that they can play at a four year school after they complete GRCC,” she said

As the girls practice this fall, the main goal is to be prepared for the winter season and the national tournament.

This year’s team consists of four freshman and three sophomores. The returning talent is Julie Daukss from Rockford, Gina Johnson from Caledonia and Aubrey Kemme from Grandville. The incoming talent is Taylor Curtis from Coopersville, Jennifer DeMint from Portage Central and Madeline Mclhargey from Northpoint Christian.