NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Lipscomb men’s tennis team stayed in Nashville this weekend to compete in the Commodore Scramble at Vanderbilt.
The weekend provided the Bisons an opportunity to get some more matches into their fall season against quality competition.
“We had some positives and some not as good results,” coach Mario Hernandez said. “Overall, it was a solid weekend as far as we performed.”
On Friday and Saturday, each player participated in one doubles match followed by two singles matches. Sunday saw each player play one of each match.
The team of Daniel Cardenas and Thais Minet picked up wins in two of their three doubles matches, including an 8-5 over Vanderbilt’s Alex Ross and Vikram Chari.
Alejandro Manzanares went 3-2 over the weekend with wins over Belmont’s Bruno Russo, Louisville’s Clement Filho and a 6-1, 6-2 over Vanderbilt’s Tate Allwardt.
Victor Chaw and Minet also won multiple matches over the weekend.
While the Bisons were able to find success in some matches, Hernandez would like to see his players take advantage of these matches more.
“We need to raise expectations going into fall events,” Hernandez said. “These are opportunities to get really big wins. We didn’t capitalize as well as we should have.”
With one more opportunity this fall to play stiff competition, Hernandez wants his players to work on having the mentality that they can win these matches.
“It’s a mindset thing,” Hernandez said. “Each guy is going to be different in that regard in his preparation mentally. When game day comes they’re absolutely ready for that. It’s part of the progressing as a competitor.”
The Bisons have one more tournament this fall as they travel to Birmingham, Alabama for the CCB Collegiate Invitational this weekend.
“I want to continue to push our guys to have big expectations,” Hernandez said. “Understand that when you’re there there’s nothing else on your mind. We hope to see each of our guys take advantage of that.”