CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s tennis team collected five victories on the second day at Steve Baras Fall Classic at Tennessee-Chattanooga.
Two Bisons advanced to the finals in singles.
“I am happy again with our team's performance,” coach Mario Hernandez said. “I like the fact that we are fighting and working hard in our matches consistently.”
In singles play, junior Daniel Hernandez and freshman Rob Mitchell qualified for the final round.
"I'm excited to see that we have a few players in the finals,” coach Hernandez said. “Rob and Daniel have progressed to the finals of their singles. Then we have two doubles teams in the finals with Daniel Hernandez and David Salazar as well as Rob and John Tougher.”
In doubles play, Salazar and Hernandez, who were seeded No. 2 on their flight, defeated a duo from ETSU 8-6.
Mitchell and Tougher, also the second seed in their respective flight, added another victory for the Bisons in doubles by defeating a team from Lee 8-3.
“These results are great confidence boosters for the guys and help build a strong belief in the team that we are going to be able to be successful this spring,” coach Hernandez said. “There are a couple areas we need to keep improving on, but overall I am happy with our team.
“However, the coaching staff and the team know that with our recent success this season, we have not accomplished anything yet. We are judged by how we do in the spring and all of these tournaments and practices are preparation for the spring."
Four finals are scheduled for Sunday.
Freshman Nacor Ibanez collected his first collegiate victory 7-6, 6-1.
“The first one is always the toughest,” coach Hernandez said. “Everyone on the team was happy about Nacor’s win.”
Daniel Hernandez (Lip) def. Derrick Brown (UTC) 6-4, 6-2
Aaron Jumonville (MTSU) def. Stuart Tierney (Lip) 6-1, 6-4
Rob Mitchell (Lip) def. Jason Proctor (ACU) 6-1, 6-2
Garrison Laduca (Sam) def. Miguel Cortez (Lip) 6-4, 6-2
Nacor Ibanez (Lip) def. Michael Morris (ACU) 7-6, 6-1.
Salazar /Hernandez (Lip) def. Knox/ Luzardo (ETSU) 8-6
Mitchell/ Tougher (Lip) def. Tan/ Audy (Lee) 8-3
Esteban/Arovin (Tenn. Tech) def. Cortez/Tierney 8-2