JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Lipscomb men’s tennis team picked up their third Atlantic Sun Conference win on Friday when they performed a comeback win to defeat Jacksonville University 4-3 in Jacksonville, Fla.
"Well, this was another tough position to be in,” head coach Andrew Harris said. “We didn’t execute like we would of liked in the doubles, but to Jacksonville’s credit, they did some good things in that doubles point. Having to win four of six singles on the road is a tremendous task, but the guys were up for the challenge though. It took everyone at their best, and, at the end of the afternoon, we were able to come out on top. Tomorrow at North Florida, we will need to continue to raise our level and then let things shape out from there."
The Bison fell early in the match when Jacksonville clinched the doubles point with wins in two of the three matches.
Junior Oliver Strecker and sophomore Miguel Cortez fell just shy of a win at No. 1, losing to Cassagrande and Fantova 9-7.
Junior Tanner Brown and freshman Stuart Tierney lost 8-5 a No. 2 to Heywood and Martinez.
The Bison’s only doubles win came at No. 3, where sophomore David Salazar and junior Colby Shaw defeated Banos-Lopez and Condez 8-4.
With a 1-0 deficit, the Bison went into singles play where they pulled out four of their six matches to clinch the win.
Strecker breezed through his match at No. 1, defeating Banos-Lopez 6-1, 6-3.
Freshman Daniel Hernandez picked up another win for the Bison at No. 3, where he took down No. 4, winning 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
The Bison’s final win came at No. 6 where Tierney took down Hansen 6-4, 6-0.
Salazar and Cortez both lost their singles matches at No. 2 and No. 5, respectively.
The Bison will remain in Florida for one more conference match, where they will face North Florida on Saturday.
1) Strecker/Cortez vs. Casagrande/Fantova JU Won 9-7
2) Brown/Tierney vs. Heywood/Martinez JU Won 8-5
3) Salazar/Shaw vs. Banos-Lopez/Condez LU Won 8-4
1) Strecker vs. Banos-Lopez LU Won 6-1, 6-3
2) Salazar vs. Fantova JU Won 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
3) D. Hernandez vs. Casagrande LU Won 6-4, 6-1
4) Shaw vs. Martinez LU Won 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
5) Cortez vs. Condez JU Won 7-5, 6-4
6) Tierney vs. Hansen LU Won 6-4, 6-0