Slot in ASUN Championships on the line for men's tennis
Friday, April 14, 2017
By Todd Lamberth
Slot in ASUN Championships on the line for men's tennis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - With three teams vying for two remaining spots in the Atlantic Sun Championships, the Lipscomb men’s tennis team hosts Kennesaw State looking to take one of those spots.

Lipscomb (5-12, 1-4) welcome in the Owls for Senior Day Saturday at noon at Huston-Marsh-Griffith Tennis Center, needing a win or an NJIT loss to USC-Upstate

Heading into the match, head coach Mario Hernandez doesn’t want his team to focus on the pressures of needing a win in the match.

“There's the pressure to perform, but that's for every match,” Hernandez said. “The harder and more focused you train throughout the week the better prepared you are for competition. That's our only focus.”

Kennesaw State (12-7, 3-2) enters having won their last two matches and nine of their last 11. As with all of their conference matches, Hernandez knows his team is in for a fight on a day where they will recognize Rob Mitchell, their lone senior.

“It's going to be a close match by two pretty even teams just like every match in conference has been this year,” Hernandez said. “We'll be expecting their best and they should expect ours in what should be a good battle on Senior Day.”

Many matches at the college level come down to which team takes the doubles point, but Hernandez knows close matches could come down to something deeper than that.

“Doubles is important, but mainly that this match is going to come down to guts and willpower,” Hernandez said. “When matches are closely contested it comes down to the mental part. We know we can win that battle if our own preparation is taken to another level this week.”

At this stage of the season, Hernandez feels there isn’t much he needs to tell his team heading into Saturday’s match.

“At this point words don't get you much,” Hernandez said. “Our actions throughout the week and on match day will be the only things that matter. We are looking forward to this Saturday.”