NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Lipscomb men’s tennis team is in action for the third consecutive weekend this week as they take part in the Commodore Scramble at Vanderbilt.
The Bisons join Vanderbilt, Tennessee Tech, MTSU, Louisville and Belmont at the Scramble, teams that they also saw last weekend at the ITAs and that they regularly see during their spring schedules.
Friday and Saturday will consist of a round of doubles and singles in the morning and another round of singles in the afternoon. Sunday will consist of another round of doubles and singles play.
“This tournament has a lot of really good schools from the area that we’re familiar with,” head coach Mario Hernandez said. “The guys at Vanderbilt do a great job of matching up different players from different teams so we’re not playing the same team in one day.”
Following a strong performance at last weekend’s regional ITA championships, Hernandez has a confident group of guys, but knows there is still work to do.
“I think we have a ways to go as far as the work we’ve been putting in but we’ve been getting better each semester,” Hernandez said. “We’ve got a confident group of guys. They expect a lot out of themselves.”
The Bisons have taken just one weekend off since the fall season began. Despite that, Hernandez has seen no drop off in energy from his players.
“I’ve been very happy with the way practices have been going,” Hernandez said. “I don’t feel like we’ve been winding down and out of gas as the fall comes to an end.”
The Commodore Scramble allows the Bisons another opportunity to play top competition and continue the progress they have made over the fall season.
“One of the main things is the discipline and focus to stay consistent throughout the match,” Hernandez said. “It’s not a problem, it’s just something to get better at.
“I think each and every one of them has made progress throughout the tournaments. This weekend is the perfect opportunity to apply those lessons they’ve picked up on throughout the semester.”