NASHVILLE, Tenn. -The Lipscomb men’s tennis team will fight the cold weather to travel to Birmingham, Alabama, where they will take on Samford and Kentucky over the weekend. The Bisons will be looking to extend their five match win streak.
The Bisons will take on host Samford on Saturday with play beginning at 2 p.m. The Bulldogs enter the match with a 1-4 record and coming off of a win over UAB.
Head coach Mario Hernandez feels this match will be a good test for his Bison team.
“Samford is a well coached team,” Mario Hernandez said. “They’re a tough, mid-major team. This should be a good gauge for us to see how we’re doing.”
Following their match with Samford, Lipscomb will take on Kentucky, who currently sits at No. 29 in the nation. Play against the Wildcats will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
Kentucky comes into the match with a record of 4-6 and coming off of two 6-0 wins last weekend over Northern Kentucky and Morehead State.
Kentucky will be the second ranked team the Bisons have played this season after they opened the season with a loss to Vanderbilt in a match that they competed in before falling.
Coach Hernandez thinks his team has gained much more experience and confidence since that opening match and that will serve them well against Kentucky.
Mario Hernandez feels that his team gets more excited for these matches and that’s what he wants in players.
“We want guys who want to come in and beat top competition,” Mario Hernandez said. “We don’t want to just come in, play and shake hands. We’re looking to win.”
The Bisons are coming off a two-week break from and also two days out of class due to the weather that hit Middle Tennessee over the weekend.
The breaks have allowed the Bisons to get healthy and take care of schoolwork. However, the weather has also forced them to move around with practice time and facility, but Coach Hernandez says his team has been taking it all in stride.
Coach Hernandez feels his team’s break has allowed them to relax more on court. With their recent success, he wants his guys to keep doing what they’ve been doing.
“We’ve proven we can beat a certain level of team,” Coach Hernandez said. “We want to demonstrate we can beat top teams.
“We’re telling the guys to just play their game and execute it more consistently. If we do that, we’ll be contending in every match.”