SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The Lipscomb men’s tennis team saw their three-match win streak snapped on Saturday after a tough 4-3 defeat at USC-Upstate.
The Spartans took the all-important doubles point before the two teams split the singles matches. Lipscomb won the matches at the first three lines, and the Spartans were the victors in the last three.
While the doubles point can often be the decisive point in any close match, Bisons head coach Mario Hernandez wouldn’t go as far as to say it was the key point against the Spartans.
“It was an extremely close match,” Hernandez said. “You could argue that the doubles point was the difference, but pretty much every match was close. Any of them could have changed the outcome of the match. It was just a good, close college match by both teams.”
The doubles point came down to the match at the top line after Lipscomb took the third line match with Daniel Cardenas and Jorge Ortegon winning 6-4. Upstate took the match at the second line. The decisive match would be decided in a tiebreaker as Fernando Bernardes and Ignacio Garrido defeated Victor Chaw and Alejandro Manzanares 7-6.
The match remained close heading into singles action with almost every set being decided by a single break.
Rob Mitchell gained his second straight win at the top spot with a 7-5, 7-5 decision over Felix Ewers.
Manzanares also found himself in a battle at the second line as he went on to defeat Lenhard Haupt 6-4, 6-4.
Chaw jumped out to an early lead at the third line, winning 6-3 in the first set. He found himself in a battle as Ankush Arora forced a tiebreak in the second set, but Chaw went on to win 6-3, 7-6.
At the fifth line, Ortegon and Garrido went to tiebreak in each of the first two sets but Ortegon wasn’t able to find the final points as Garrido won it 7-6, 7-6.
“We're proud of how we fought,” Hernandez said. “Both teams competed extremely hard and should be proud of their effort.
“They don't always go your way but we're moving in a positive direction and will be ready for the next ones. We have nothing to hang our heads about."
Lipscomb (5-8, 1-1 in the ASUN) gets a chance to bounce back next week when they host conference foes Stetson and North Florida. Hernandez has no doubt that his team is capable of getting back on track.
“We're playing well as a team but today we fell a bit short,” Hernandez said. “Geoff (Hernandez, assistant coach) and I will assess what needs to get better and make minor tweaks.
“That’s the great thing about competition, it shows you what you need to do to keep getting better.”
USC-Upstate 4 – Lipscomb 3
- Fernando Bernardes/Ignacio Garrido (USCU) def. Victor Chaw/Alejandro Manzanares (LIP) 7-6
- Felix Ewers/Lenhard Haupt (USCU) def. Rob Mitchell/Thais Minet (LIP) 6-3
- Daniel Cardenas/Jorge Ortegon (LIP) def. Ankush Arora/Francisco Neto (USCU) 6-4
- Rob Mitchell (LIP) def. Felix Ewers (USCU) 7-5, 7-5
- Alejandro Manzanares (LIP) def. Lenhard Haupt (USCU) 6-4, 6-4
- Victor Chaw (LIP) def. Ankush Arora (USCU) 6-3, 7-6
- Fernando Bernardes (USCU) def. Daniel Cardenas (LIP) 7-6, 7-5
- Ignacio Garrido (USCU) def. Jorge Ortegon (LIP) 7-6, 7-6
- Francisco Neto (USCU) def. Thais Minet (LIP) 6-3, 6-1