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Ram Tennis Club heads to Austin to compete

Ram Tennis Club officially created this year

Published: Friday, November 9, 2012

Updated: Thursday, November 8, 2012 14:11

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     The Ram  Tennis Club started their season on a good foot competing against other tennis clubs in the state.


     “The past couple of years we have had a tennis club, but those in charge did not follow through with the club,” President Hayden Smith said. “This year we actually got the club going.”


     Sophomore Jeremy Porché said he joined the club last year because ASU does not have a varsity tennis team. He said he still wanted to play competitive tennis as did other members.


     “I have been playing tennis for six years,” freshman Michael Foust said. “I love playing tennis, and that is why I joined the tennis club.”


     The tennis club has get-togethers to bond with each other on the weekends, Smith said. “We are all very close,” Porché said. “We don’t hangout all of the time, but when we do hang out we have a lot fun.”


     The tennis club has already been to Abilene for a tournament and their upcoming tournament will be in Austin, Smith said.


     “We go out and play at tournaments every so often,” Porché said. “[The tournament] is like a normal bracket but instead of one individual [playing] it is a whole team.”


     When the team was deciding on a name, ironically, it related to the team’s lunch that day, Foust said.


     “We decided to be HOT-N-READY, and at the tournament for lunch we had HOT-N-READY pizza from Little Caesar’s,” Foust said.


     The club has many story-telling moments, and some of the best are when the club travels to the tournaments, Porché said.


     “On the way to our first tournament, we were T-boned,” Porché said. “It was a ‘great’ way to start off our trip. We were still able to make it on time.”

     Those who enjoy tennis are encouraged to join the team as a way to enjoy the sport and meet new people, Smith said.


      “Since this is the first year we are an official club, people didn’t really know about [the club],” Porché said. “It will get better next year once we get all of our community service hours completed and then hopefully more people will want to join.”


     For more information or if interested in joining the Ram Tennis Club, contact Smith at hrsmith@suddenlink.net.

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