“Oaks students and athletics have a great reputation and we are very happy to partner with them,” said Director of Tennis Jeff Miller. “Our General Manager Graham Leibowitz, the tennis committee, and board of directors for the club all agreed that this would be a great fit for us here at North Ranch Country Club.” Miller also looks to the OCS players to provide inspiration to the younger generation of tennis players who are a part of the club’s growing tennis program. “It is always great to have great kids around who are learning the game of tennis,” added Miller of the OCS student athletes.
OCS Tennis Coach Joel Perttula is also excited with the North Ranch Country Club facility and its potential for this season and the future. “First of all it is a beautiful facility and we are very fortunate to be able to call this the home of OCS tennis,” said Coach Perttula. “The staff has made us feel very welcome and we have plenty of courts for practice.”
Originally a competitive tennis player from Finland, Coach Perttula is currently active on the United States Tennis Association (USTA) circuit. He heads up both the OCS boys and girls tennis programs with Assistant Coach Beau Brannan. Coach Perttula has made some significant improvements to make the teams more skilled and tournament ready. This week alone, he has Dr. Kevin Knox taking the OC boys through a strength training clinic. Dr. Knox is a specialist in strength training, employing a TRX type of regime. On Wednesday, Mary Pat Faley of the Tennis Channel will be conducting a training practice, introducing the boys to strategies she has developed and debuted on the Tennis Channel. These are significant opportunities for the boys team to maximize as they head into an already successful season.
The OCS Boys Varsity Team has a current record of 2-0 in league and 3-1 overall. In addition, the boys received second place in the recent Sage Hill Lightning Tournament in Newport Beach, California. This week, the team has matches against Chaminade and Malibu high schools.