The Glendale Community College men’s tennis program has a strong reputation for developing players who continue to play tennis at the highest levels. Some recent players from Glendale Community College who continued their tennis careers after graduation include:
Shari Surabi – 2003
Went undefeated in 2003 at #1 singles and finished in the Semi's of Ojai singles. Transferred too California Lutheran University where he played #3 singles.
Stanley Sarapanich – 2005
In 2005, Stanley Sarapanich led the Vaqueros to the Western State Conference Championship and received recognition from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association as an All-American in singles. After that season, Sarapanich received a scholarship to play tennis at Boise State University, a division one tennis program in the Western Athletic Conference. Sarapanich, now a senior, has enjoyed academic and athletic success while playing for the Broncos.
Chris Hernandez – 2005
Chris Hernandez, a member of the 2005 Western State Conference championship team is currently playing tennis at Nicholls State University, a division one school located in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Hernandez received a scholarship to Nicholls State for his standout play at Glendale Community College, and he has added depth to an improving program which competes in the Southland Conference.
Lew De Leon – 2006
A 2006 ITA All-American in both singles and doubles (with Sergy Vagramian), Lew De Leon received a scholarship to play tennis at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He played tennis for the Rebels before deciding to end a career in competitive tennis to pursue other interests.
Hakop Tadevosian – 2006
Hakop Tadevosian was a two year starter for the Vaqueros tennis squad, usually playing in the top half of the ladder (2005-2006). After graduating from Glendale Community College, Tadevosian received a scholarship to the University of California at Riverside to continue his tennis career. Tadevosian, a 2008 graduate, was in the starting line-up for most of his two years at UC Riverside.
Dylan Kim – 2007
Dylan Kim is arguably the most accomplished player to ever play for Glendale Community College. Kim played for the Vaqueros in 2005, leading them to the Western State Conference title, and in 2007 when he led the Vaqueros to the Regional Playoffs. In 2007, Kim won the State Singles Championship and finished the year ranked number one in the California Community College end of the year rankings. In addition to winning the state championship, Kim also was honored as an ITA All-American in singles. In his two years at Glendale Kim complied an astounding record of 36-1 while playing in the number one singles position. After graduating from Glendale, Kim decided to pursue a career on the professional circuit. Currently, Kim is playing on the Futures and Challengers circuit on the continent of Asia, and has a singles ranking of 688 in the world (December 22nd 2008). During his first full year on the professional tour, Kim reached a career high singles ranking of 657 in the world on September 15th, and won a Futures tournament in Korea in May of 2008.
Dylan Kim, 2007 California Singles Champion and #1 player in the State of California
Ryan Stanbury – 2009
Ryan played 2008 and 2009 where he helped lead the Vaqueros to 2nd place in league, and regional payoffs his last year. Ryan transferred to University of California at Riverside to continue his Tennis career.
Emanuel Haug – 2010
A 2010 Scholar Athlete, Emanuel received a scholarship to Virginia State where he hopes to continue his Tennis career, and purse a path in medicine.
Alex Sarkissian – 2011
Alex Sarkissian is arguable one of the best California Community College tennis players that has competed in California. Alex went on to make history being the first community college tennis player to win both Ojai doubles and singles, regional singles, and state singles. He was also runner up in regional doubles, and semi finalist in state doubles. He also went on to finish the season with 35-0 record, and 70-0 in sets. Alex was also awarded player of the month for February for his outstanding achievements. In June of 2011 Alex Sarkissian was awarded the ITA National All Star Player of the year award and was the first player in California to win the award. After graduating from Glendale Community College, Alex received a scholarship to play at Pepperdine University where he will continue his tennis career.