serious playoff contender.
"I like the lineup that we have and I've had some good teams in the past," MacKay said. "They are going to have to be able to compete, commit and have a chemistry in playing for their spots. "Whether you are the No. 1 player or No. 6 player, it counts for one point. We have a pretty good nucleus, but my job will be to make sure they get that and that there are no egos involved."
Last season, Glendale finished 6-11 overall and 3-5 in the competitive Western State Conference. MacKay and the Vaqueros will look to avoid a second losing season in a row by trying to win a conference championship and draw a spot in the regionals.
MacKay, who took over the program in 2003 from Bob Donaghy, will field a 10-member team. Seven of the athletes are freshmen. Six
players have local ties.The No. 1 player will be freshman Alex Sarkissian, who competed in Futures Tournaments and who MacKay said will be counted on for two points per match in singles and doubles.
"He's experienced and he's the kind of player who brings out people to watch him and the program," said MacKay, who spent 41 years
working for the city of Glendale in several capacities. "He's an amazing talent."
The No. 2 singles player will be freshman Trevor Campbell, a Burroughs High graduate and former All-Area honoree.
MacKay said Sarkissian and Campbell will look to provide a formidable 1-2 punch for the Vaqueros.
"Like Alex, Trevor is an incredible athlete," MacKay said. "He brings another dimension to our team. "We are fortunate to have two players like Alex and Trevor who we can add to the top of our lineup."
Also expected to be on board for the Vaqueros are freshmen Andre Ratavousian, Dro Mahmoudi, Eric Khanlarian, Grayson Frazier and Chris Simpson.
The sophomores are Mike Astorian, Hideo Enomoto and Stephan Mamann. Ratavousian graduated from Hoover High. Astorian graduated from Glendale, Mahmoudi and Khanlarian graduated from Crescenta Valley and Frazier, who teamed with Trent Jones to earn All-Area Doubles Team of the Year last season, graduated from La Cañada.