"The Bisons won their first conference doubles point, which proved pivotal in their win against the Eagles,” men’s assistant coach Mike Sherman said. “The guys should be proud of themselves for coming out from the very beginning of the match, firing on all cylinders. We are halfway through the conference season and cannot wait for the matches ahead."
The Bisons secured the doubles point with a sweep over FGCU, the first doubles point Lipscomb has taken so far this season in conference play.
Senior Joe McArdle and freshman Oliver Strecker posted an 8-6 win over Carlo Checchia and Dean Tsamas at No. 1, while sophomore Colby Shaw and freshman Miguel Cortez defeated Collin Brown and Matthew Rock 8-5 at No. 2.
At No. 3, sophomore Tanner Brown and freshman David Salazar posted the Bisons’ third doubles win over Steve Binninger and Acierno with an easy 8-2 win.
The Bisons held a first time 1-0 lead heading into singles play, which proved to be an advantageous element to the Bisons’ win.
The Bisons picked up their three singles wins at No. 1, 2, and 5.
At No. 1, Strecker steadily defeated Rock 6-4, 6-3, while Salazar rolled past Binninger 6-0, 6-2 at No. 2. Cortez recorded the Bisons final point with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Brown at No. 5.
At No. 3, Bisons’ junior Chad Pierron fell 6-2, 6-1 to Checchia. At No. 4, Brown retired in a match against Tsamas after losing the first set 4-6 but holding a 3-0 lead in the second.
Shaw lost at No. 6 to close out the match. After winning the first set over Mitchell Lvovsky 6-0, Shaw fell in the second and third sets to lose 0-6, 7-5, and 10-8 with a super tiebreaker acting as the third set.
The Bisons return to Nashville, where they will face North Florida in their next A-Sun match up at the Huston-Marsh-Griffith Tennis Center on Friday, March 25 at 2 p.m.
Joe McArdle and Oliver Strecker (LIP) def. Checchia and Tsamas (FGCU), 8-6
Colby Shaw and Miguel Cortez (LIP) def. Brown and Rock (FGCU), 8-5
Tanner Brown and David Salazar (LIP) def. Binninger and Acierno (FGCU), 8-2
Oliver Strecker (LIP) def. Matthew Rock (FGCU), 6-4, 6-3
David Salazar (LIP) def. Steve Binninger (FGCU), 6-0, 6-2
Carlo Checchia (FGCU) def. Chad Pierron (LIP), 6-2, 6-1
Dean Tsamas (FGCU) def. Tanner Brown (LIP), 4-6, 3-0, retired
Miguel Cortez (LIP) def. Collin Brown (FGCU), 6-1, 6-1
Mitchell Lvovsky (FGCU) def. Colby Shaw (LIP), 0-6, 7-5, 10-8
Written by Ashlan Williams, student assistant in athletics media relations.