Men's tennis has solid showing at LaLance Showdown
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
By Todd Lamberth
Men's tennis has solid showing at LaLance Showdown

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Lipscomb sent four members of the men’s tennis team to Murfreesboro this past weekend to participate in the Dick LaLance Showdown.

Alejandro Manzanares, Thais Minet, Daniel Cardenas and George Wong competed with players from Belmont, Memphis and host school MTSU over the weekend. The Bisons found success throughout the weekend, including compiling a 4-2 record in doubles play.

Head coach Mario Hernandez was pleased with what he saw from the guys, but more so was glad to get a chance to see where they can improve.

“I was pretty happy with how we performed, particularly in doubles,” Hernandez said. “It was a great opportunity to play a lot of matches. These matches show us where we are. I think these matches help us better understand our players.”

The Bisons opened the weekend against Memphis on Friday. The Tigers took five of the six matches, but Wong and Minet were able to pull out a doubles in over Turner Voges and Matt Story 8-5.

Lipscomb turned things around on Saturday when they took on rival Belmont, as they won five of the six matches this time around. The Bisons swept singles play along with Wong and Minet winning their second consecutive doubles match.

They wrapped things up on Sunday, taking on the host school in MTSU. The Blue Raiders were able to sweep singles play, but Lipscomb took both doubles matches, making Wong and Minet undefeated on the weekend.

The Showdown presented a different style tournament than most fall tournaments, but Hernandez liked how the tournament allowed them to get matches in but rest between them.

“It was great because we got our matches done early and had the rest of the day to rest,” Hernandez said. “It was a great run weekend by MTSU.”

The Bisons return to the court on October 15 when they travel to Louisville for the Louisville Fall Invitational.

Lipscomb vs. Memphis

Doubles:

  1. Shakeel Manji/Jan Pallares Monreal (Memp.) def. Alejandro Manzanares/Daniel Cardenas (LU)
  2. George Wong/Thais Minet (LU) def. Turner Voges/Matt Story (Memp.)

Singles:

  1. Jan Pallares (Memp.) def. Alejandro Manzanares (LU)
    2. Shakeel Manji (Memp.) def. Daniel Cardenas (LU)
    3. Matt Story (Memp.) def. George Wong (LU)
    4. Turner Voges (Memp.) def. Thais Minet (LU)

Lipscomb vs. Belmont

Doubles:

  1. Cedric Dujacquier/Josiah Collins (BU) def. Alejandro Manzanares/Daniel Cardenas (LU)
  2. Thais Minet/ George Wong (LU) def. Caio Niel/Stephen Goldman (BU)

Singles:

  1. Alejandro Manzanares (LU) def. Josiah Collins (BU)
  2. Daniel Cardenas (LU) def. Stephen Goldman (BU)
  3. Thais Minet (LU) def. Caio Niel (BU)
  4. George Wong (LU) def. Gibson Parker (BU)

Lipscomb vs. MTSU

Doubles:

  1. Alejandro Manzanares/Daniel Cardenas (LU) def. Luis Morillo/Nicolas Buitrago (MTSU)

Singles:

  1. Luis Morillo (MTSU) def. Alejandro Manzanares (LU)
    2. Nicolas Buitrago (MTSU) def. Daniel Cardenas (LU)
    3. Michael Apple (MTSU) def. George Wong (LU)