Olivet’s women’s basketball team will be participating in the Puerto Rico Classic tournament Nov. 26 and 27 during Thanksgiving break.
The team will be traveling with Puerto Rico College Sports Tour Co. This company has helped several different U.S. collegiate athletic teams travel to this country, a place frequently traveled to for team trips.
“A trip like this can cost a lot,” sophomore team member Tori Lemke said. “We were fortunate to be able to do some fundraising to cover costs for hotels and court time. We all paid for our plane ticket ourselves.”
The team will depart from Chicago and land in San Juan. The first full day in Puerto Rico will include practicing and preparing for upcoming games. The second and third days will test the Tiger’s basketball skills as they gear up for their two games. During the first game, the Tigers will face the University of Sacred Heart from San Juan, Puerto Rico. The second game will be against Pikeville College from Pikeville, Kentucky.
“We don’t know much about the teams we will be facing,” said sophomore team member Amelia Denison, “Our coach says it will be really competitive, a lot like the rest of the teams we will play this season.”
The Tigers are still unsure of how their fourth and final day will be spent on the trip. Team members are hoping that it will be spent in different ways. Some are hoping to spend the day hiking, while others want to spend the day relaxing on the beach after the tournament.
“The most recent rumor is that we may go surfing,” said Denison.
Team members hope that no matter how the day is spent, that it will bring the team together for the remainder of the basketball season. The Tigers will return to Bourbonnais after the trip for several more games before they begin Christmas training.
“We hope to live out our team verse for this year as we play in the tournament and throughout the season,” said senior basketball team member Jayne Stuart.
The team verse for the 2015-2016 season is Ephesians 3:20 that says, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”
“If we can remember our team verse as we play, that will help us during the trip,” Stuart said.
–Kristena Poll, contributing writer