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Tennis is all in the family for LJCD sophomore

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Paulina Ferrari is 15 years old, but her tennis roots in San Diego go back 90 years.

"She does something the girls don't normally do comfortably: she volleys," grandfather Ben Press said. "I like to think she's the next big tennis player to come out of San Diego."

You might call 90-year-old Ben the grandfather of tennis in San Diego. He coached San Diego's only two former world champions in Maureen Connoly and Karen Susman.

Paulina's dad Jim is her full-time coach.

"She has good genes. The apple didn't fall far from the tree," he said.

He and Paulina agree with Papa Ben that serve and volley can be an effective tool in today's game.

"I think there were some things that were good 40 to 50 years ago that are still good today," Jim said.

"He's always encouraged me to come up to the net and have some old-school influence in my game. It sets me apart from other girls. And helps my game a lot," Paulina said.

I held my own on the court against her for about three minutes.

"She's very coachable, as Papa Ben said. She's learned a lot from him and history of tennis and Mo Connoly on of his favorite players. She patterns her game after Little Mo," Jim said.

She will go far in tennis -- and life -- if she patterns things after her dad and Papa Ben.

"I might make a few suggestions if he doesn't throw rocks at me," Ben said.

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