NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Following a streak that saw three straight wins, the Lipscomb men’s tennis team failed to make it four with a 4-1 loss to UAB Saturday at Richland Country Club.
The Bisons (3-5) have used strong doubles play to gain momentum in recent matches, but were unable to get anything going in doubles against the Blazers.
UAB (4-3) picked up wins at the first and third lines to take the doubles point and continued their play into singles.
In singles, Rob Mitchell picked up his fourth-straight victory from the top spot. The junior dropped only four games en route to his 6-2, 6-2 win over Mitchell Martell.
“Rob did really well today, especially mentally,” head coach Mario Hernandez said. “He was locked in early. That’s what we want from all of our guys. Focus on your job.”
The match remained close throughout singles play as most sets were decided by a single break.
At the two spot, Alejandro Manzanares battled, losing both sets by a single break. Eric Komati was able to pull out the win 7-5, 6-4.
Philippe Courteau saw much of the same against Christian Coetzee at the third line. Poysti took both sets in tiebreakers (7-6, 7-6).
Hernandez credits the close sets to his guys’ aggression throughout the points.
“A lot of the matches were battles,” Hernandez said. “The guys didn’t back off much. They were going for their shots but sometimes they don’t fall your way.
“It was a tough match. We knew UAB would be a challenge, but the guys battled. We want tough matches as we head into conference play.”
The Bisons now have the luxury of an extra week off before they hit the court again against Jacksonville State on March 5th at Houston-Marsh-Griffith Tennis Center. They also are fortunate to be going into the break with limited injuries.
“The guys will rest a bit if they have a little injury but everyone is healthy for the most part,” Hernandez said. “We’ll keeping working and get better.”
UAB 4 – Lipscomb 1
- Luiz Pinto/Christian Coetzee (UAB) def. Alejandro Manzanares/Philippe Courteau (LIP) 6-2
- John Tougher/Rob Mitchell (LIP) vs. Mitchell Martell/Kenton Parton (UAB) 5-4 - [UF]
- Eric Komati/Stepan Vancurik (UAB) def. Daniel Cardenas/Thais Minet (LIP) 6-4
- Rob Mitchell (LIP) def. Mitchell Martell (UAB) 6-2, 6-2
- Eric Komati (UAB) def. Alejandro Manzanares (LIP) 7-5, 6-4
- Christian Coetzee (UAB) def. Philippe Courteau (LIP) 7-6, 7-6
- Oliver Poysti (UAB) def. Thais Minet (LIP) 6-4, 6-2
- Luiz Pinto (UAB) vs. Daniel Cardenas (LIP) 4-3 - [UF]
- John Tougher (LIP) vs. Stepan Vancurik (UAB) 3-2 - [UF]