Wesleyan table tennis prepares for Nationals competition

Texas Wesleyan’s nine-time Collegiate National Table Tennis winning team are headed  to Nationals April 12-15, and are planning to bring back the title again this year.

Sara Hazinski, senior accounting major and table tennis player who has been playing for 18 years, said there will be about 25 colleges who will be attending nationals and 250 players from the U.S and Canada teams that will compete.

Hazinski has won two women’s singles, two mixed doubles, one women’s doubles and three coed team titles overall.

“Since this is my last year to compete in the collegiate national, I am really looking forward to compete and try to win my third women’s singles title and fourth coed team title,” Hazinksi said.

Jose Barbosa, senior general business marketing and management major and table tennis player, said the table tennis team has had a winning streak since 2004. Barbosa said he will be involved in three events: doubles, singles and teams.

“I look forward to representing Texas Wesleyan and hopefully coming back with one more title,” Barbosa said. “This one would be very special because it can be the 10th in a row.”

Barbosa has won titles twice from 2011-2012 and won two doubles from 2010-2012, one win from when he represented a different school. Barbosa said competition will be very tough because many of the schools competing recruited high-level players this year.

“As previous nationals we always go with a lot of pressure because everybody wants to beat us since we are the top seed,” Barbosa said. “The team event is the most important for us and that’s what we are looking for, obviously a title on singles or doubles would be great but the main goal is to win the team event.”

Barbosa said the team is very focused for the up and coming competition.

“I’m sure everybody will give 110 percent if necessary to bring this title one more time,” Barbosa said.

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