NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Lipscomb tennis won their fourth consecutive “Battle of the Boulevard” on Friday night with a 5-2 win.
The Bisons dropped the doubles point but rallied to take five matches in singles play for the win.
“The focus all week was for the guys to trust their preparation,” coach Mario Hernandez said. “We didn’t want to get into the drama of the match.
“We wanted to stay focused on executing our game. They executed that plan great. I am very proud of the guys.”
After hot doubles play last weekend, Lipscomb (2-4) was only able to take one match against the Bruins as Thais Minet and Philippe Courteau defeated Bruno Russo and Vincent Sterkens 6-4 at the third line.
“We did a good job in doubles but Belmont played just a little better,” Hernandez said. “I have to give them credit there.”
The Bisons were able to turn things around in singles play, winning matches at the first five lines.
Jorge Ortegon got things started for Lipscomb with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Zak Khan in the only match that didn’t go three sets.
Top seed Rob Mitchell dropped the opening set to Cedric Dujacquier before bouncing back to take the match 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Alejandro Manzanares and Hendrik Inno split the first two sets before the Lipscomb junior won it 6-2, 1-6, 6-0.
Playing at the third line, Victor Chaw defeated Sterkens 2-6, 7-6, 6-2.
Daniel Cardenas finished things off at the fifth line with a 6-2, 4-6, (10-8) over Josiah Collins.
As they headed into singles play, Hernandez wanted his team to move on from a lost doubles point and focus on what was ahead of them.
“Nothing really changed going into singles,” Hernandez said. “We just stayed focused on playing our game and did not let the fact that we lost the doubles point affect us in a negative way.”
Entering the match, Hernandez didn’t want his team to focus on it being a rivalry match, but knew the atmosphere would be a little different than normal.
“It's always a great match with great fans from both schools coming out to support good tennis,” Hernandez said. “We're just fortunate and happy to be able to participate in the tennis version of Battle of the Boulevard.”
Lipscomb is off until February 25, when they will travel to Knoxville for a match with the Tennessee Volunteers.
Lipscomb 5 – Belmont 2
1.) Cedric Dujuacquier/Hendrik Inno (BEL) def. Rob Mitchell/Victor Chaw (LIP) 6-2
2.) Stephen Goldman/Zak Khan (BEL) def. Daniel Cardenas/Alejandro Manzanares (LIP) 7-6
3.) Thais Minet/Philippe Courteau (LIP) def. Bruno Russo/Vincent Sterkens (BEL) 6-4
1.) Rob Mitchell (LIP) def. Cedric Dujacquier (BEL) 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
2.) Alejandro Manzanares (LIP) def. Hendrik Inno (BEL) 6-2, 1-6, 6-0
3.) Victor Chaw (LIP) def. Vincent Sterkens (BEL) 2-6, 7-6, 6-2
4.) Jorge Ortegon (LIP) def. Zak Khan (BEL) 7-5, 6-3
5.) Daniel Cardenas (LIP) def. Josiah Collins (BEL) 6-2, 4-6, (10-8)
6.) Bruno Russo (BEL) def. Philippe Courteau (LIP) 8-6