LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Lipscomb men’s tennis players spent their Halloween weekend at the Louisville Invitational, treating themselves to some wins.
However, head coach Mario Hernandez didn’t want his team to focus on the wins but rather what led to those wins.
“Going into the weekend we didn’t really stress the results,” Hernandez said. “We just said ‘let’s take care of ourselves and play our game and see what happens’.”
What happened was the Bisons going 24-13 over the weekend as a team in all matches. That included John Tougher, who won flight C as well as Alejandro Manzanares and Philippe Courteau winning the consolation brackets of flights A and B, respectfully.
Five Bisons were able to pull out wins in their first match of their respective flight.
“I’m really happy with how the boys competed,” Hernandez said. “I really felt like this weekend showed the players how much we’ve developed since we started in September.
“There were no matches where we sat back and said ‘that was a bad loss’.”
Hernandez and his brother Geoff have been stressing to their team to focus on their own games, rather than the results or their opponents. They were happy to have the confirmation of that work as the fall season has gone on.
“In general, everyone is feeling like they are playing pretty well,” Hernandez said. “We’ve turned a corner and everyone is playing how they should be playing.”
The Bisons wrap up the fall season this weekend as they compete in the Commodore Scramble at Vanderbilt.
“We just need to keep working on our craft,” Hernandez said. “There are still opportunities to get big wins.”