Men's tennis closes fall season in Birmingham
Thursday, November 3, 2016
By Todd Lamberth
Men's tennis closes fall season in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Lipscomb men’s tennis team wraps up a busy fall season as they send four players to the CCB Collegiate Invitational this weekend.

The event is held at the Country Club of Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama and is a different event with it being played solely on clay courts.

“It’s a really cool event,” Bison coach Mario Hernandez said. “It’s very unique for college tennis as it’s one of the few events that is held on clay courts. I really want our guys to enjoy the experience of playing a clay court tournament.”

The Invitational includes three singles draws with sixteen players in each draw. Similarly, three, eight-team doubles draws will be played. Each draw has a consolation bracket including first round matches.

Lipscomb will send only four players to the tournament _ juniors Alejandro Manzanares, Daniel Cardenas, freshman Victor Chaw and sophomore George Wong. They will compete against players from MTSU, South Alabama and UAB, among others.

“Clay is what these guys grew up playing on,” Hernandez said. “The guys will hit on clay today, which will be the most important preparation. I’m confident in these guys’ abilities.”

With a full fall season, the Bisons have some fatigue to fight through, but Hernandez has been adamant about the importance of playing matches during the season.

“We gave the guys two days off to rest their bodies because it’s been a long fall semester,” Hernandez said. “You learn through the match play. Now we’ve got until January to get everyone fresh.”

Hernandez wants his players to put everything into these final matches of the semester.

“You have the mentality of this is the final push of the semester,” Hernandez said. “The attitude should be to lay everything out there…make the most of every match. We expect to see our guys really prepare themselves before the match even starts and have a personal investment in each match. “