Bisons fall 4-2 to Upstate in A-Sun tourney
Friday, April 20, 2012
Bisons fall 4-2 to Upstate in A-Sun tourney

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s tennis team was defeated in the first round of the Atlantic Sun Championship Tournament on Friday morning when they fell 4-2 to South Carolina Upstate in Johnson City, Tenn.

The Bisons started the match off with a quick lead, taking the doubles point 2-1 to go up 1-0 heading into singles play.

Junior Oliver Strecker and sophomore Miguel Cortez fell at No. 1 to Matthias Kidler and Ramiro Blanco 8-4, while freshman Stuart Tierney and junior Tanner Brown picked up a win at No. 2, defeating Yvon Haessig and Pierre Vernin 8-5.

At No. 3, junior Colby Shaw and sophomore David Salazar secured the doubles point for the Bison with a 9-8 (7-5) win over Gonzalo Blanco and Jacob Darling.

Upstate quickly evened up with score with a win at No. 1 singles. Lipscomb’s Strecker quickly fell to R. Blanco 6-1, 6-0, and Salazar soon fell at No. 2 to Kidler 6-2, 6-0 to give Upstate a 2-1 lead.

Shaw then dropped his match at No. 4, losing to Haessig 6-1, 6-2.

Down 3-1, the Bisons posted a win at No. 6, where Tierney easily took down Darling 6-1, 6-3.

Unfortunately, the Bisons dropped another match at No. 3, giving Upstate the win and a spot in the second round.

At No. 3, freshman Daniel Hernandez was defeated by G. Blanco 6-4, 6-3.

Cortez’s match at No. 5 went unfinished following the completion of the match. He led the matchup 6-1, 5-5.


Doubles competition

1. Matthias Kidler/Ramiro Blanco (UPST) def. Oliver Strecker/Miguel Cortez (LIP) 8-4

2. Stuart Tierney/Tanner Brown (LIP) def. Yvon Haessig/Pierre Vernin (UPST) 8-5

3. Colby Shaw/David Salazar (LIP) def. Gonzalo Blanco/Jacob Darling (UPST) 9-8 (7-5)


Singles competition

1. Ramiro Blanco (UPST) def. Oliver Strecker (LIP) 6-1, 6-0

2. Matthias Kidler (UPST) def. David Salazar (LIP) 6-2, 6-0

3. Gonzalo Blanco (UPST) def. Daniel Hernandez (LIP) 6-4, 6-3

4. Yvon Haessig (UPST) def. Colby Shaw (LIP) 6-1, 6-2

5. Miguel Cortez (LIP) vs. Pierre Vernin (UPST) 6-1, 5-5, unfinished

6. Stuart Tierney (LIP) def. Jacob Darling (UPST) 6-1, 6-3