Men's tennis in New Orleans for a pair of matches
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
By Todd Lamberth
Men's tennis in New Orleans for a pair of matches

NEW ORLEANS - The Lipscomb men’s tennis team is spending spring break in New Orleans facing Texas-Rio Grande Valley and New Orleans.

The Bisons (5-6) are coming off of a weekend where they saw two 7-0 sweeps. With the confidence from last week, head coach Mario Hernandez wants his team to focus on this week’s challenges.

“I think honestly it never hurts to get some good wins with confidence,” Hernandez said. “We have to refocus and go back to work though. There is momentum but we know we have to compete and fight as hard as we can. We have to bring it.”

The Bisons take on Texas-Rio Grande Valley (8-9) on Thursday at 2 p.m. in a match that will renew a rivalry for Hernandez.

“The coach at Texas-Rio Grande Valley (Brett Bernstein) is a guy Geoff (assistant coach Geoff Hernandez) and I grew up playing against in junior circuits.” Hernandez said. “It will be cool to restart that rivalry.”

Lipscomb will then face New Orleans (4-4) on Friday at 2 p.m. The Bisons will serve as the Privateers fifth match of the week.

These will be the Bisons last two matches before they start conference play next week. Hernandez thinks these matches will continue to challenge his team heading into conference play.

“They’re both good matchups for us,” Hernandez said. “We’re anticipating some close battles with both teams, which is exactly what we need. It should be a good week.”

After their strong play last weekend, Hernandez wants to see his guys stay consistent.

“I want to see our guys continue to be consistent in all the spots,” Hernandez said. “Every single guy has to do his job. You have to come out and get yourself into the match.”

Being off for spring break gives the team a chance to spend more time in New Orleans. They also won’t have the time challenges that can come with school in session. Hernandez wants his team to focus on the matches in front of them, but also enjoy their time off.

“We’re able to focus on matches without outside distractions,” Hernandez said. “We’re also able to enjoy the city of New Orleans. We’re here on business but also here to enjoy one of the coolest cities in the United States.”