- J. Andrew Lockwood -
Senior Editor / Sports Columnist
2,300 miles from home, two Mercer tennis players share a bond that extends beyond the sport they love to play. Fernando Armendaris and Juliana Moscoso Chiang both hail from
Moscoso, a 5-6 freshman from the coastal city of
Many international athletes, like Moscoso and Armendaris, come to the
Although the opportunity to study and play in a foreign country is often an exhilarating experience for international athletes, it’s also comes with its’ share of drawbacks. The inability to see one’s family takes a toll on an athlete during the course of the year, but fortunately, Moscoso and Armendaris always find themselves with a fellow Ecuadorian to relate to. “I guess what I miss the most about [playing in the
The pair of South American tennis players are two of fifteen international athletes at Mercer. As they only two representing
If you happen to bump into them as they walk around campus with their tennis racquets, attending classes, and continuing to build friendships through the different organizations they’re involved in, you find yourself quickly drawn into conversation with them. They offer a different facet of the world at Mercer. Making the most of their respective academic and athletic opportunities, Armendaris and Moscoso are two shining examples of the benefits related to recruiting internationally. They’re students. They’re athletes. If you ask them, they’ll quickly tell you, they’re Ecuadorian.