Men's tennis preps for trio of weekend matches in Ohio
Thursday, January 22, 2015
By Todd Lamberth
Men's tennis preps for trio of weekend matches in Ohio

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Lipscomb men’s tennis team will take its first road trip of the season as it travels to Ohio for matches against Wright State, Xavier and Dayton over the weekend.

They will take on Wright State in Dayton on Friday night to start the weekend series, with play starting at 5. This will be the first match for the Raiders this season. They are coming off of a 10-14 2014 campaign.

Saturday, the Bisons take on Xavier in Cincinnati with action set to begin at 5. The Musketeers started their season last week with a loss as they took on the fifth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. However, Xavier is coming off a winning season last year, finishing 14-11 in 2014. The Musketeers have a match against Morehead State on Friday before they face Lipscomb.

The Bisons will travel back to Dayton on Sunday for an 11 a.m. start for their matchup with the Dayton Flyers. The Flyers are already three matches into the season and have opened with a 1-2 mark. They dropped their opening match to 19th-ranked Kentucky before defeating IUPUI and falling to Butler to close out last weekend. Dayton will take on Eastern Kentucky Friday before playing the Bisons.

The Bisons opened their season last Friday against a stiff opponent in then No. 19-ranked Vanderbilt.

Head coach Mario Hernandez wants to make sure his team doesn’t have a letdown.

“The main thing is building on what we saw our potential is,” Hernandez said. “We lost to a good team but we were competitive.”

He feels that this weekend’s matches will be a good test for the Bisons, as they will play much more equal competition.

“We’re not sure where they are level-wise,” Hernandez said. “We do think they are pretty comparable level-wise. They are either pretty close to where our level has been in the past or where it is currently.”

Hernandez isn’t worried about any possible nerves his team will deal with in the first road matches. He feels his team has been training hard and says their focus and preparation will take care of any potential nerves.

“We have to be focused, but I don’t see that as a problem,” he said. “Everyone is pumped up. We don’t have an agenda for the matches. The guys are just hungry to play and get a win.”