Mitchell leads strong performance for men's tennis
Sunday, October 23, 2016
By Todd Lamberth
Mitchell leads strong performance  for men's tennis

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Lipscomb men’s tennis team continued to progress with their play at the ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships this weekend.

The Bisons had four players advance out of the first round in singles play and two teams advance to the second round in doubles play.

“This is the best regional event we’ve had, since I’ve been here at least,” head coach Mario Hernandez said. “A lot of guys were competitive.

“I would have liked to have guys progress further but I feel good about where our guys were at. We should take confidence from it.”

Among those advancing from the first round in singles action was senior Rob Mitchell, who defeated Vanderbilt’s Cameron Klinger 7-6(7-3), 3-6, 6-3. Klinger was seeded sixth in the tournament and is the 60th-ranked player in the country.

“That was a huge win for Rob, but also for the team. I’m pretty sure that’s our first win over a nationally-ranked opponent,” Hernandez said. “It shows the guys they need to keep raising expectations. Rob showed that we really have the capability to beat anybody.”

Mitchell was then defeated in the second round by MTSU’s Luis Morillo 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Victor Chaw, Philippe Courteau and Alejandro Manzanares also won their first round matches before being ousted in the second round.

“Some guys were upset they didn’t progress as far as they wanted to but that’s a good thing,” Hernandez said. “This year there was disappointment that they had that mindset that they wanted to do damage in the draw.”

In doubles, the team of Chaw and Courteau, as well as the team of Daniel Cardenas and Thais Minet, advanced to the second round of the draw.

The Bisons now move forward to the Commodore Scramble next weekend hosted by Vanderbilt as they continue to look to get matches in during the fall.

During the fall, Hernandez has looked for his team to continue to develop and get into a rhythm with their play. As they prepare for the weekend, he wants his guys to focus on their own games.

“When we’re in practice to begin the week we’ll probably focus more on repetition and details to help develop and improve their game,” Hernandez said. “At the end of the week we’ll play more points. Now it’s more about getting in the reps and continuing to be more disciplined with our own games.”