For the first time, the tennis teams are traveling beyond nearby destination to compete. Hobbs, N.M. is the destination this weekend.
The teams will be facing much bigger schools from a variety of levels.
They begin play Friday morning with a match up against Arizona Christian, a fellow NAIA school. Saturday, the Builders face New Mexico Military Institute, a junior college, and University of the Southwest, belonging to the NAIA. The final match-up of the tournament is against Texas-Permian Basin, an NCAA division II school.
Abby Gengler, business finance sophomore, said “New Mexico is where we’re going because it is warm there, so we can play some matches earlier.”
Sara Peck, biology sophomore, said that there aren’t many other plans for the trip. The teams discussed going to a movie theatre.
Gengler said she is excited to get experience and work on new things.
The team leaves Thursday at noon and will arrive in Hobbs 10 hours later.
After the matches at 9 a.m. Sunday, the teams plan to pack it up and head back to Winfield.
After this tournament, the team has a month before they play again. At noon March 2 the Builders face Baker at home.
Peck said, “The break doesn’t bother me much. It’s going to be good to see where we’re at and then have time for us to work on what needs to be worked on.”
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