Men's tennis has strong weekend at Louisville
Saturday, October 15, 2016
By Todd Lamberth
Men's tennis has strong weekend at Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - After getting last weekend off, the Lipscomb men’s tennis team returned to the court for the Louisville Fall Invitational.

The Invitational featured players from twelve schools, including Michigan, Louisville, Memphis, Xavier and Dayton.

“It was all pretty even,” head coach Mario Hernandez said. “The mid-majors were quality opponents. No match was an easy match.”

The Bisons went a combined 12-5 in singles action over the course of the weekend.

“For us to have that many match wins for the week was great for our guys and kind of propels us into the last three weeks of our season. It shows the coaches the guys are ready.”

Rob Mitchell made it to the finals in draw A before losing to Louisville’s Brandon Lancaster 6-1, 7-5.

“Rob really committed to things we’ve been working on as a team,” Hernandez said. “He was the example of how to take advantage from the start of the point.”

In draw C, Daniel Cardenas defeated Illinois State’s Christoffer Greve 6-3, 0-6, 6-3 to win the draw.

“Daniel really put together a good week of tennis and played really solid tennis,” Hernandez said. “He is getting more comfortable with his game. We’re really happy with his performance.”

Victor Chaw dropped his opening round match in draw B, but went on to win the consolation bracket over Dayton’s Simon Jayaram.

Hernandez was not only pleased with how his guys played over the weekend, but also how they’ve continued to improve throughout the fall.

“Our guys competed really well,” Hernandez said. “We had a lot of battles. From the first two tournaments we’ve been able to take a lot of information and fine tune that in practice. Our guys are more grooved in right now. They’re just more into the swing of things.

“It’s more about playing a lot of matches and our guys have a clear focus on what they’re trying to do out there and executing it. Match competition is the perfect way to practice that execution.”

The Bisons look to take the momentum they gained over the weekend into Knoxville this weekend as they participate in the ITA Regional Championships.