Players stepping up when needed for men's tennis
Friday, March 10, 2017
By Todd Lamberth
Players stepping up when needed for men's tennis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Lipscomb men’s tennis team opened play at Huston-Marsh-Griffith Tennis Center for the season with a 4-2 win over Ball State on Friday.

The Bisons used strong doubles play and contributions from top to bottom to outlast the Cardinals for the wi

“Today was a great effort by the team to work together and really represent the culture we talk about,” Bison assistant coach Geoff Hernandez said. “We had a strong fighting spirit and that makes us proud.”

Lipscomb (3-7) used wins at the second and third lines to take the early lead off of the doubles point.

Daniel Cardenas and Jorge Ortegon got things started with a 6-3 win over Ball State’s Andrew Stutz and Marko Guzina.

Playing at the third line, George Wong and Thais Minet got down early but came back to seal the point with a 7-5 win over Conner Andersen and Matt Helm.

“The doubles was crucial today,” Geoff Hernandez said. “George and Thais did a great job at three. They were loud and fought back from being down at break to clinch the point.”

The Bisons kept things rolling as they went into singles play as they took matches at three of the top four lines.

Injuries have forced Lipscomb to move some guys around in the order and the coaching staff has challenged those guys as they rely on them to step up.

One of those guys is freshmen Victor Chaw, as he plays at the second spot in his first season. Chaw stepped in today for a solid 6-0, 6-2 win over Stutz.

Another guy is junior Alejandro Manzanares who has been slid into the top spot in the order and has come away with wins in his last two outings after today’s 6-4, 6-3 win over Lucas Andersen.

“We know Alejandro is a good enough player to win at one and today he acted that way,” Geoff Hernandez said. “He was professional and focused against a strong player.”

Lipscomb was able to seal the win with another freshmen in Jorge Ortegon was able to fend off Marko Guzina in three sets for a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win.

With just two matches remaining before conference play begins, this was a big win for the Bisons to gain momentum heading into the conference schedule.

“Getting that winning taste is what we need before we head on the road,” Geoff Hernandez said. “So we are going to keep working hard to build on each match going into conference.”

Lipscomb is back in action on Monday as they travel east for a meeting with UNC-Asheville before facing Gardner-Webb on Wednesday.

FINAL RESULTS:

Lipscomb 4 – Ball State 2

Doubles:

  1. Alejandro Manzanares/Victor Chaw (LIP) vs. Lucas Andersen/Tom Carney (Ball) 6-6, DNF
  2. Daniel Cardenas/Jorge Ortegon (LIP) def. Andrew Stutz/Marko Guzina (Ball) 6-3
  3. Thais Minet/George Wong (LIP) def. Conner Andersen/Matt Helm (Ball) 7-5

Singles:

  1. Alejandro Manzanares (LIP) def. Lucas Andersen (Ball) 6-4, 6-3
  2. Victor Chaw (LIP) def. Andrew Stutz (Ball) 6-0, 6-2
  3. Daniel Cardenas (LIP) vs. Nemanja Guzina (Ball) 4-6, 6-4, 3-3, DNF
  4. Jorge Ortegon (LIP) def. Marko Guzina (Ball) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
  5. Patrick Downs (Ball) def. George Wong (LIP) 6-0, 6-1
  6. Conner Andersen (Ball) def. Thais Minet (LIP) 6-3, 6-4