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Constance Jaster James

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Full name: Constance Jaster
Nickname: Connie
Alias: James
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Bio A city of Brea native, Connie Jaster-James played on the Fullerton College women's tennis team from 1960-62. While at FJC, Jaster-James was ranked 18th by the Southern California tennis players association in 1961, won the Junior Women's Division in the Southern California Tennis Championships in 1962, won the Junior College Mixed Doubles Tournament while going undefeated on the season with partner Stan Kula, was selected a member of FJC's "Women of Distinction" in 1962, and to top it all off was a Hornet cheerleader for two years.

On top of that, Jaster-James represented Fullerton College at the Women's Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament in St. Louis, upsetting the fourth-seeded player, Carol Southmayd of Duke University, 6-4, 6-3. She was also the Washington State Champion and the Orange County Junior Girls Singles Champ... all while at FJC.

After Fullerton, she studied and played tennis at Cal State University, Los Angeles, where her teammate was a future tennis legend in the making, Billie Jean King. At CSULA, Jaster-James became the National Jr. Wightman Cup Player of the Year in 1962.

In 1963, Jaster-James' tennis skills took her to new heights as she went on to play at Wimbledon – advancing to the quarterfinals in doubles play. Electing to keep her amateur status, she did not play as a professional. In 1964, Jaster-James was the first place winner at the National Collegiate Women's Doubles Tournament at Greensboro, North Carolina. She was nationally ranked 6th in doubles and 19th in singles. By the end of her senior year, Jaster-James was named in the 1966 edition of "Who's Who" among colleges and universities.

In 1975, she advanced the cause for women's tennis by beating Bobby Riggs in an exhibition match in Springfield, Illinois. Unwilling to play Jaster-James in a singles match, Riggs instead chose to play doubles, where she was the only female. She would later become the first woman in university history to become the head coach for the men's tennis team at Drake University.

In 2010, Jaster-James was honored at the inaugural Brea Distinguished Athletes ceremony. She still lives in Brea and teaches at Brea Junior High.
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