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Student Athlete of the Week – Julianna Guerrero

Tennis is mostly an individual sport, but in high school it takes a collective effort. Here at La Quinta Julianna Guerrero has been a solid four-year starter.  

"I love it here at La Quinta. I love my team, and I wouldn't trade it for the world," said Guerrero. 

"A talented freshman you could see the love of tennis right away as a freshman, and just watching her grow and have bigger goals of competing and CIF has been just fun as a coach and living those experiences with her has been awesome," said La Quinta head coach Jessica Nettimi. 

What do you think about when you're on the court?

"Well, when I'm playing games, I'm only thinking about winning and how I want to be a good sport for my team. I want them to be able to rely on me to win every single game," said Guerrero.

"She has a really unique game that isn't common.," said Nettimi. "It used to be kind of old school tennis but she's got this amazing forehand that has heavy topspin, but she's not scared to use a slice backhand and come into the net and put away a volley."

Growing up with Indian Wells in her background - Juliana said tennis was an easy choice - and La Quinta needed her. 

"She motivates the team, she leads our workouts, and you know being number one she definitely is someone that the other girls look up to. She's a treasure. You don't come across athletes very often that are an all-around good person. It's a pleasure to be her coach," said Nettimi. 

The Student Athlete of the Week segment airs every Tuesday, profiling local high school seniors who are strong students, good athletes and outstanding people.

Stay with KESQ News Channel 3 for continuing coverage of local high school sports throughout the 2023-2024 school-year.

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