CINCINNATI, Ohio - The Lipscomb Bisons men’s tennis team lost to Xavier 5-2 in Cincinnati.
A day after picking up their first win of the season the Bison’s tried to keep the momentum rolling, coming out firing in doubles action again and picking up the doubles point Saturday.
Alex Pavel and Philippe Courteau defeated Zach Mueck and Matt Bishop 7-5 in the top-seed match. In the three spot, Daniel Hernandez and Thais Minet defeated Gabriel Chaves Araujo and Jeremy Schneider 6-3 to secure the point. The second seed match went to Xavier as Michael Moe and Connor LaFavre defeated John Tougher and Rob Mitchell (6-4).
“In doubles, we came out and did a great job,” head coach Mario Hernandez said. “Our intensity was great. We may have had more intensity but they (Xavier) responded.”
The singles matches went the Musketeers way, but were all well-contested with three matches going into three sets.
Tougher had Lipscomb’s lone win with a 6-4, 6-1 over Freddy Abunku. Mitchell fell in the top-seeded match 7-6(3), 7-6(2) to Mueck. Alejandro Manzanares lost to Schneider in three sets 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, while Daniel Hernandez dropped his match 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(3) to Araujo.
Arthur Stefani defeated Courteau 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 and Pavel fell to Bishop 7-5, 6-2.
“John got our only win and he did a great job,” Mario Hernandez said. “Every other one was in a dog fight. We could’ve won this 5-2.”
Mario Hernandez reminded his young team that this is part of improving. Close matches will serve to make them better as a team.
“We’ll only get better,” Mario Hernandez said. “They can’t dwell on this. We’ve got to just keep moving forward.”
The Bisons will turn around and play Dayton on Sunday in Dayton to close out the weekend, with action starting at 11 a.m.
“We’ve got to bounce back quickly,” Mario Hernandez said. “We have a good shot of going two-for- three on the weekend.”
Xavier 5 – Lipscomb 2
1. Alex Pavel/Philippe Courteau (Lip.) def. Zach Mueck/Matt Bishop (XU) 7-5
2. Michael Moe/Connor LeFavre (XU) def. John Tougher/Rob Mitchell (Lip.) 6-4
3. Daniel Hernandez/Thais Minet (Lip.) def. Gabriel Chaves Araujo/Jeremy Schneider (XU) 6-3
1. Zach Mueck (XU) def. Rob Mitchell (Lip.) 7-6(3), 7-6(2)
2. Jeremy Schneider (XU) def. Alejandro Manzanares (Lip.) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
3. Matt Bishop (XU) def. Alex Pavel (Lip.) 7-5, 6-2
4. Gabriel Chaves Araujo (XU) def. Daniel Hernandez (Lip.) 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(3)
5. Arthur Stefani (XU) def. Philippe Courteau (Lip.) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
6. John Tougher (Lip.) def. Freddy Abunku (XU) 6-4, 6-1