The Hardin-Simmons University tennis teams are in the heat of their schedule and are gearing up to have matches for almost every remaining weekend of the season.
Both teams have matches against McMurry, Concordia, Mary Hardin-Baylor, Sul Ross State and Howard Payne left in their season.
“I am really excited to be playing against UMHB this season,” Jordan Oberbillig, a sophomore fitness, recreation and sports management major from Lucas, said. “I feel like our team will have a shot to do some real damage and bring home some wins.”
“I see this team winning the west division of our conference,” Brianne Dumas, a captain on the women’s tennis team and senior communication sciences and disorders major from Belton, said. “I think we also have real potential to win the conference title this year. The team has a great dynamic this year. We make each other work hard and we’re very encouraging even when it’s hard.”
Each team will practice one-two weeks before the match to prepare for real-world playing situations. They will also do pressure situations and point play to get in the right mindset.
A standout player on the women’s team is Laurel Coleman, a sophomore chemistry major from The Woodlands.“Laurel is a really fun person to be practicing around,” Brenna Gordon, a freshman biology major from Corpus Christi, said. “She has an infectious energy and is constantly working her hardest to become better. Laurel is one of the best representations of what the Hardin-Simmons tennis team is all about.”
A standout player on the men’s team is James Moore, a senior finance major from Flower Mound.“James has been a big motivator on the team,” Oberbillig said. “His past success and being an all-ASC player makes him a huge inspiration to our teammates.”