Although they put up a tough fight, the Bisons came up just short of victory, losing to the Governors 4-3.
Lipscomb made a good showing in all three doubles matches, but, unfortunately, they were only able to secure one win, allowing Austin Peay to clinch the doubles point.
Daniel Hangstefer and Joe McArdle competed at No. 1. The duo fell to Bailey and Norriato in a close match, losing 8-6.
The Bisons picked up their doubles win at the No. 2 position. Sophomore Chad Pierron and Freshman Tanner Brown defeated Subasic and Rezerra 8-6.
At No. 3, Mario Hernandez and Colby Shaw fell to Locatelli and Story 8-4.
The Bisons lost the doubles point, setting the match score to 0-1, but were ready for singles play.
Pierron was defeated at No. 1 by Bailey 6-4, 6-1, sending the Bisons into a 0-2 deficit.
Lipscomb fought back with a win at the No. 2 position. Hangstefer earned a win over Locatelli in a three setter prevailing 7-5, 1-6, 6-3. With this win, the Bisons improved the match score to 1-2.
Unforunately, losses at No. 3 and No. 4 singles allowed Austin Peay to clinch the match, giving them their final two victories. Murrell lost at No. 3 to Norbiato 7-5, 6-2, while McArdle fell to Subasic in an extremely close three set match at No. 4, losing 6-4,5-7,7-6 (1).
However, the Bisons took two wins at No. 5 and No. 6 singles to bring the final match score to 4-3, with the Governors taking home the victory.
Shaw continues to stay consistent at No. 5, picking up another win. Shaw defeated Bezerra 6-2, 6-1.
Freshman Tanner Brown also secured a win for the Bisons at the No. 6 spot. Brown overpowered Austin Peay’s Conaty 6-0, 6-2.
The Bisons face A-Sun powerhouse ETSU on Friday, March 26 at the Lipscomb Tennis Center. Match play will begin at 2 p.m.
1. Bailey/Norriato (APU) def. McArdle/Hangstefer (LU) 8-6
2. Brown/Pierron (LU) def. Subasic/Rezerra (APU) 8-6
3. Locatelli/Story (APU) def. Hernandez/Shaw (LU) 8-4
1. Bailey (APU) def. Pierron (LU) 6-4,6-1
2. Hangstefer (LU) def. Locatelli (APU) 7-5,1-6, 6-3
3. Norbiato (APU) def. Murrell (LU) 7-5,6-2
4. Subasic (APU) def. McArdle (LU) 6-4,5-7,7-6 (1)
5. Shaw (LU) def. Bezerra (APU) 6-2,6-1
6. Brown (LU) def. Conaty (APU) 6-0,6-2
Written by Ashlan Williams, student assistant in athletics media relations.