Men's tennis closes out fall season on strong note
Monday, November 7, 2016
By Todd Lamberth
Men's tennis closes out fall season on strong note

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Lipscomb men’s tennis team finished up what head coach Mario Hernandez called the best fall season since he has been at Lipscomb on Sunday.

The Bisons traveled to Birmingham to take part in the Country Club of Birmingham Invitation hosted by Samford. Along with Samford, the Bisons faced players from MTSU, Louisville, Troy and South Alabama, among others.

 “The guys played pretty well,” Hernandez said. “We had some tough matches but had some good results. We’re pretty happy overall with the results from the weekend.”

Junior Daniel Cardenas had an especially good weekend as he won his respective draw for the second time this fall after also winning it in Louisville. Cardenas dropped just three games in the championship match on his way to a 6-1, 6-2 win over South Alabama’s Lucas Gonzalez.

“With Daniel, he just kind of took care of business,” Hernandez said. “He was very steady mentally and with his play. When he controls his level of play, its very tough for his opponents.

Freshman Victor Chaw also picked up two wins in Cardenas’ draw with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Dan Lineberry of Eastern Kentucky and then a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 victory over Louisville’s Michael Quang.

In doubles, Cardenas teamed with George Wong for a 7-6(4) win over a team from EKU.

The Bisons played in six tournaments over the course of the fall, taking just one weekend off between tournaments. Even with an increased amount of matches, Hernandez feels his players responded well to it.

“I really feel like this is one of our best falls since we’ve been here and that’s a credit to our players, competing week in and week out,” Hernandez said. “I’m happy with how our guys competed each match. They enjoy playing so I think they responded well to that.”

As they head into the spring season, Hernandez still feels like there is work to do on the court.

“Doubles needs to get a little bit better,” Hernandez said. “In singles, we have to take advantage of the serve and the first shot. We worked on those all semester but we’ll continue to work on that.”