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CRC tennis ‘goddess’ swings into number one position with 5-3 record

Sophomore tennis player Brianna Schmitgen forehands the ball against American River College in her singles match on March 17.

The women’s tennis team slices, rallies and lines up to run around the net and hit the ball back and forth to each other at its practices.

Unlike most players, Brianna Schmitgen, a 19-year-old undecided major, does so with a bright smile on her face, no matter how long she’s been at it.

Schmitgen is the team’s only sophomore player and currently plays in the number one position for the team. She has a personal 5-3 record.

However, her tennis career started well before her time at Cosumnes River College.

“I have been playing competitively since I was 12 years old,” Schmitgen said via email.

She started playing because tennis was all around her growing up.

“My whole entire family, including grandparents, have played tennis their whole lives,” Schmitgen said. “I grew up around it and it has become something that I love doing.”

Schmitgen’s mother, Darla Schmitgen, watched her daughter with pride from the bleachers during her match against Sacramento City College on Tuesday.

“She’s worked hard to get where she is,” Darla Schmitgen said.

Schmitgen went on to play for her varsity tennis team in high school, according to her profile on the CRC website.

Throughout her career, she has been honored with a number of awards.

In high school, she received a Leadership Award, Coaches Award and a Sportsmanship Award for Tennis, according to her profile.

“In college, I’ve gotten MVP as well as Mission Tournament Consellation Winner both this year and last,” she added.

Her biggest achievement was becoming the first ever doubles player to go to the state championships at CRC.

“Last year, I met a lot of great people and had great teammates who were very supportive,” Schmitgen said. “It was very surprising that we were the first people from CRC to go to state. It was definitely a great experience and I hope we do even better this year.”

Schmitgen said she has no long term tennis goals, but wishes to do better than in previous years. Schmitgen, who is uncertain about her future goals, and said she is leaning towards an education major.

Schmitgen’s teammates are thrilled to play on the team with her.

“She’s a goddess,” her freshman teammate Christina Phillips said.

Coach Suzanne Stebbins only had positive things to say about Schmitgen.

“She is our only sophomore on the team and is our captain and leader,” Stebbins said. “All our girls look up to her, and she is a really positive influence on everybody.”

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Stephan Starnes, Former Staff
For seven semesters Stephan served on the staff of The Connection in various capacities, holding almost every title possible during that time. Everything from Editor in Chief to News Editor to Copyeditor and even Visual Editor were titles that were attached to his name at some point. As a veteran on the paper, Stephan shared his experience and skills with everyone that joined during his time there. Finishing his degrees in Journalism, Liberal Arts and Photography in spring 2014 he graduated from CRC and retired from the newspaper. Semesters on Staff: Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013 and Spring 2014

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CRC tennis ‘goddess’ swings into number one position with 5-3 record