TEXARKANA, Texas — As COVID-19 continues to shut down the sporting world, Texas A&M University-Texarkana student athletes had a chance to voice their concerns on the shortening of their seasons and how they were affected by coronavirus.
As of Monday, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics canceled all spring 2020 sporting events, directly affecting A&M-Texarkana's baseball, softball, and tennis programs, leaving many athletes unsure if they might have played their last games.
For Lisa Nguyen, these were just her nightmares being a senior on the tennis team. When asked about how COVID-19 affected her season, she was very disappointed.
"It upsets me quite a bit, because I won't be able to have a Senior Night or be able to end my career on a good note," Nguyen said. "I was also looking forward to seeing all of my teammates' hard work and efforts, in practice and workouts, be shown."
When questioned on the team's goals for the season, Nguyen looked towards a promising future.
"The team's goals were not only to win, but to improve," she said. "With every match and practice we wanted to become better and achieve more than we did the day before. I can see the program improving tremendously in the future. Every player and coach is just as motivated to win and to build the program to success."
When asking one of Nguyen's teammates, Gonzalo Vega, about his thoughts on the cancellation, he too was disappointed.
"It's upsetting. The team had some competitive matches coming up in New Orleans and Memphis to prepare us for a shot at making the national tournament," Vega said. "Our goal as a team was to make the round of 16 in the NAIA national tournament. It'll still be a goal of ours, whenever we get a chance to compete."
A&M-Texarkana's softball program was also affected by COVID-19. The Lady Eagles were only one series into conference play, beating Huston - Tilloston in three games before their season was canceled.
Sophomore pitcher Lauryn Henson felt the magnitude.
"It's sad. We went from having practices and games to having nothing," she said.
Henson had high hopes for the season.
"Our goals, just like any team's goals, were to win the championship and get a ring, but it's bigger than that," she said. "It's hard to win games without team chemistry. One of our goals was to get amazing team chemistry so when we did win games, we celebrated as sisters and best friends."
Although the soccer programs weren't in season, they still saw their offseason shortened.
Sophomore Drew Knoebel voiced his concern in his offseason.
"We aren't completely sure yet of what's to come for our offseason. All we can do is hope that this doesn't affect our regular season in the fall," he said.
Knoebel went on to talk about what their goals were for the offseason.
"Our goals were to work as hard as possible getting stronger and building our team chemistry," he said. "It does make things harder, not being together, but we can still work on our goals individually."
Also interviewed from the soccer program was Junior midfielder Norma Lopez. The women's soccer program had high hopes for the fall season as Lopez continued to talk about their goals in the fall.
"It's unfortunate, but it's for our safety," Lopez said. "Our goal was to be a championship team. We'll continue to work towards our goal everyday no matter what obstacle is put in front of us."
As things continue to look south for sports at any level it will be interesting to see how they plan on rescheduling games in the future. But for now, the best one can do is stay inside, wash their hands, and watch highlights and previous games on YouTube.