The Lipscomb men’s tennis team will look to turn things around in Atlantic Sun Conference play this weekend as they face off with USC-Upstate on Thursday before traveling to Kennesaw State on Saturday.
Lipscomb (9-10, 0-3) enters the slate coming off of two tough matches from the past weekend against Florida Gulf Coast and Stetson. Head coach Mario Hernandez wants his team to forget about the results of those last matches.
“Every match is a new match,” Hernandez said. “At this point of the year you’re not going to make any changes. Your game is your game.”
USC-Upstate (3-15, 1-2) has won two of their past five matches, including a win in their conference opener to Stetson. Play will begin at Huston-Marsh-Griffith Tennis Center at 9 a.m. on Thursday.
Kennesaw State (5-10, 0-3) will also be looking to pick up its first conference win, after dropping its last five matches. The Bisons will take the court in Kennesaw Saturday at 9 a.m.
“Both are tough teams,” Hernandez said. “If you look at the records and the history, we have always been even. It’s going to be a battle but these matches are fun.”
Hernandez and his team still have the goal of going to the conference tournament at the end of the season in their sights. He feels it’s vital that the team keeps the energy up to close out the long season.
“When you get to the end of the season it becomes a grind,” Hernandez said. “We want to see good attitudes and energy.
“We’re right there. We know we’re a good team. We’ve got to have the confidence. Now is the time for the performance.”