DAYTON, Ohio - The Lipscomb men’s tennis team looks to get back on track this weekend as they head north for matches against Dayton and Eastern Kentucky.
Lipscomb (2-5) dropped a 7-0 decision to Tennessee last week, but head coach Mario Hernandez liked how his team responded this week in practice.
“It's been a great week of practice,” Hernandez said. “The guys have been focused each day, which is what's expected if we want to be as good as we think we can be.”
The Bisons first match of the weekend is set for 6 p.m. on Friday as they take on the Flyers of Dayton, (7-7). Dayton has had a busy spring, including three matches over two days last weekend, going 2-1 in those matches. The two teams last met in the spring in 2015, when Lipscomb picked up a 4-3 victory.
Lipscomb will then travel to Richmond, Kentucky to take on the Colonels. Eastern Kentucky (8-4) enters Saturday’s match having won seven of their last eight matches. The Colonels took last year’s match in Nashville with a 4-2 score.
As the Bisons look to continue build toward conference play, Hernandez feels these teams are up there with what they will see when ASUN Conference play begins.
“They're very similar in level to conference play, so it will be great in terms of preparation for conference,” Hernandez said. “We need to keep becoming more battle tested and these teams are going to be the tough competition we are looking for.”
The message early on this season has remained the same, as Hernandez wants his team to continue to build on their doubles play and focus on finding their own games in singles play.
“Continuing to sharpen our doubles skills and continuing to have each individual player understand their singles game more and more are keys,” Hernandez said. “We want them to trust their preparation and focus on executing the things we practiced when they are in competition.”
The Bisons are familiar with both teams and Hernandez knows his team will be battling all weekend.
“Both are strong mid-major teams that we've seen regularly at fall events,” Hernandez said. “I wouldn't expect anything less than close battles between our teams.”