Hernandez leads men's tennis in sweep of Abilene Christian
Thursday, January 29, 2015
By Todd Lamberth
Hernandez leads men's tennis in sweep of Abilene Christian

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Lipscomb men’s tennis team started its weekend on a high note picking up its third win of the season Thursday, defeating Abilene Christian 7-0.

Abilene Christian slips to 3-1 while Lipscomb improves to (3-2).

The Bisons continued their hot streak in doubles play, taking the doubles point for the fourth straight match. The top-seeded tandem of Alex Pavel and Philippe Courteau topped Guilherme Gesser and Nico Agritelley 6-3.

John Tougher and Rob Mitchell, playing in the two spot, defeated Jason Proctor and Paul Domanski 7-6(0). Daniel Hernandez and Thais Minet defeated Marco Bensley and Henry Adams 6-3.

Head coach Mario Hernandez, admittedly, is a little surprised by the team’s early success in doubles.

“We’ve got good team chemistry and have found good matchups,” Mario Hernandez said. “We’ve been surprised by how well we’ve done. It’s almost hard to explain.”

Their doubles play carried over in to singles, as they would go on to sweep the singles matches.

Mitchell, playing in the top seed, defeated Gesser in a close match, 7-5, 7-6(4).

Pavel played the only three setter, coming out with a 5-7, 7-6(3), 10-4 victory over Proctor.

Alejandro Manzanares played in the three spot and picked up a 6-3, 6-4 win over Agritelley, while Courteau defeated Adams 6-3, 6-3.

Daniel Hernandez topped Domanski at the five, 6-1, 6-2.

In another close match, Minet defeated Bensley 7-6(3), 7-5.

The Bisons were coming off a short week of rest and dealing with fatigue and illness.

“The theme was being professional and tough, not feeling sorry for ourselves,” Mario Hernandez said. “We were just taking care of business.”

The Bisons have a quick turnaround again, as they take on Belmont and Tennessee Tech on Friday and Saturday.

Both matches will take place at Richland Country Club with Friday’s action against Belmont starting at 7 p.m. before taking on TTU Saturday  at 6 p.m.

Rival Belmont enters the match with a 4-1 record with its only loss coming to nationally ranked Vanderbilt.

“They are a very good team and very deep,” Mario Hernandez said. “It should be a pretty even match and a good test for us.”

Saturday’s match with Tennessee Tech will serve as the season opener for the Golden Eagles, so there is some uncertainty about the team they will bring to Nashville. The Bisons fell to the Eagles last season and Mario Hernandez feels this will be another competitive Tech team.