Fall success has raised expectations for men's tennis
Sunday, November 8, 2015
By Todd Lamberth
Fall success has raised expectations for men's tennis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Lipscomb men’s tennis team finished up the fall schedule on Sunday in the Commodore Scramble at Vanderbilt.

The tournament pitted the Bisons against Vanderbilt, Alabama, MTSU and Louisville.

The Bisons picked up six wins in singles over the weekend, including going 3-1 against Alabama on Friday.

On Friday, Alejandro Manzanares defeated Matt Roussow of Alabama 6-3, 7-5, Philippe Courteau defeated Langford Hills 6-3, 6-4, and Daniel Cardenas defeated Sam Edwards 6-4, 7-5.

Also on Friday, John Tougher defeated Jacob Pugh of MTSU 7-6, 6-1.

On Sunday, Cardenas defeated Louisville’s George Hedley 6-3, 7-6. Also, Thais Minet defeated Pugh 7-5, 6-4.

“The competition was high but that’s what we wanted,” head coach Mario Hernandez said. “After the first round of singles it almost looked like we didn’t belong. But by the end of the weekend the guys realized they are right there.”

The Bisons finished a fall season that saw them play many of the top teams in the Southeast. Going into those tournaments, Hernandez felt like his team didn’t have high enough expectations for themselves.

“This fall helped them raise expectations,” Hernandez said. “They responded well with their level of play.”

The men will be off for two months before their spring schedule starts on January 16 against Vanderbilt.

The coaches will be limited as to how much time they can spend on the court with their players but Hernandez doesn’t feel his team will have any problems keeping in competition fitness.

“We’ve changed the culture of the program,” Hernandez said. “Guys want to train now. The coaches don’t have to push them to do it. They’ll keep playing.”