New Mexican Mustangs trot to round-robin tournament

City College’s men’s tennis team hosted an inter-conference round robin tennis tournament Feb. 11.

The Knights played the University of the Southwest Mustangs, who were visiting from Hobbs, New Mexico.

“This is the farthest we’ve ever traveled in the history (of the school),” the Mustangs’ Coach Paul Baker said.

It is a 17- hour drive from Hobbs to San Diego.

Baker gave Knights’ Coach Brandon Lupian credit for organizing the tournament.

Southwest is a four-year university in the Red River Athletic Conference. It’s only the second four-year school that the Knights have ever played.

Lupian explained that his team is always willing to play four-year schools but it rarely happens because those teams are typically in upper divisions. They do not have to play on the community college level if they do not want to.

The team’s first met at a tournament last year in Phoenix.

Baker said he was so impressed with Lupian’s coaching style that making the trek to San Diego was worthwhile.

He added that it was a good chance for his team to take a fun vacation before the start of the regular tennis season.

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New Mexican Mustangs trot to round-robin tournament