NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Lipscomb men’s tennis team hits the courts for two matches this week, searching for the first win of the young season.
The Bisons (0-3) travel to Clarksville for a battle with Austin Peay on Saturday at 3 p.m. before facing No. 15 Kentucky in Lexington on Sunday at noon.
The Governors (1-3) come into the weekend after picking up their first win of the season last weekend with a 4-3 win over Chattanooga.
Lipscomb hosted the Govs last season, where they picked up a 5-2 win, giving them two consecutive wins over the in-state foe.
While his team has competed at a high level in their first three matches of the season, Hernandez wants his team to focus on finishing with a win in a match.
“Austin Peay is a team we are very familiar with and we know they're going to be ready to compete on Saturday,” Hernandez said. “That's why this week's preparation is so important for our guys.
“We've been making the effort to keep raising our standards and focus throughout the week. We've been putting ourselves in position to win each match this year, but it's now about having the confidence to finish the job.”
Lipscomb will then travel to Lexington, Kentucky on Sunday. The two teams last faced off two seasons ago with Kentucky coming away with a 4-0 win.
The Bisons will serve as Kentucky’s third opponent of the weekend as they also face Virginia and Northern Kentucky before facing Lipscomb. Kentucky (5-1) suffered its first loss of the season last weekend falling 4-0 to Oklahoma State.
“We've never shied away from playing top competition and we're looking forward to the match,” Hernandez said.
With a match against a top-ranked team looming, Hernandez wants his team to focus on the task at hand now before shifting focus to Kentucky.
“We're looking forward to the match but our focus is first on our preparation for Austin Peay,” Hernandez said. “We won't worry about Kentucky until our match is over in Clarksville.”