Griffith proud of performances of tennis teams
Monday, October 3, 2005

Oct. 3, 2005

The Bisons and Lady Bisons tennis teams each played in three tournaments this Fall with Lipscomb Coach Lynn Griffith praising the efforts of both teams.

"If all our players stay healthy, and we do not have any academic casualties, the Spring season has the potential to be our best season as an NCAA Division I team," Griffith said.

The season started with a trip to the west part of the state for a tournament at the University of Tennessee-Martin. Also in the field was Southern Indiana. The men's team won dual matches against UT- Martin (4-3) and Southern Indiana (5-2).

The women's team participated in a round-robin event with each member of the team winning at least two singles matches and one doubles match. Erin Moakler was the big winner for the Lady Bisons with victories in three singles matches.

The next stop was the University of the South on top of Sewanee Mountain. Also participating in that tournament were Lee University and Tennessee Wesleyan. The doubles matches were called due to darkness, but the Bisons and Lady Bosons had solid performances in the singles matches.

Mike Sherman, Brent Taylor and Clayton Phillips won singles flights. David Carrillo and Colten Jones finished second in their flights.

Moakler, Casey Hall and Mary Beth Muncher won singles flights. Emily Ellis finished second in her flight. If the doubles competition had not been halted all three women's teams would have been playing for their flight championships.

The Bisons and Lady Bisons closed out their Fall competition with a stop at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.

"I challenged each team with three goals before play began," Griffith said. "I wanted to win more matches than we did last year. In 2004, we won nine matches. I wanted to have someone win a second round main draw match which was something we had never done at this tournament. And I wanted us to win a doubles match, something we did not do at the 2004 tournament."

Both teams rose to the challenge winning 14 matches. Three players advanced to the third round of their respective flights _ Mike Sherman, Casey Hall and Olivia Ellis. Moakler and Emily Ellis won a doubles match.

"Our doubles performance would have been better, but we had some health issues," Griffith said. "Brent Taylor advanced to the championship match of the consolation division of the "C" flight, losing a tough three-set finals. I was very proud of our performance in such a prestigious tournament."