NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Lipscomb men’s tennis team returns to Huston-Marsh-Griffith Tennis Center this weekend as they welcome conference foes Stetson and North Florida.
The Bisons (5-8, 1-1) opened conference play last week on the road as they defeated NJIT 6-1 in the opener before falling to USC-Upstate in a tough match on Saturday.
After dropping a 4-3 match to Upstate on Saturday, Lipscomb head coach Mario Hernandez has seen confidence from his players in this week’s preparation.
“I think the guys have responded well,” Hernandez said. “We played well against Upstate but came up a little short. Our guys are confident about their level going into these next matches.”
With a short week after returning from the road, the Bisons have focused on recovery and looking to continue what they’ve been working on all season to this point.
“It has been a short week so the focus is on keeping guys fresh and sharp for match day,” Hernandez said. “We're not looking to reinvent the wheel at this point of the season.”
The Bisons have played just three matches at home this season so staying home will be welcomed this weekend, but Hernandez doesn’t believe the location will have an impact on his team’s play.
“It's always more comfortable and helpful to be home,” Hernandez said. “But playing and executing the tennis we've prepared for in practice throughout the season will be more important than being at home.”
Stetson enters Thursday’s matchup with a 10-4 record on the season, but dropped a 5-2 decision to Florida Gulf Coast last week.
North Florida, Saturday’s opponent, comes in off a 6-1 win over FGCU in their conference opener last week.
Despite facing two strong sides this weekend, Hernandez wants his team to continue to focus on their own games instead of that of their opponents.
“They're tough teams just like everyone else in conference,” Hernandez said. “The only thing to do is to focus on executing our games as best as possible and let the results take care of themselves.”
Play against Stetson on Thursday was moved up to 8:30 a.m. due to weather, while play on Saturday is set to begin at 2 p.m.