FORT MYERS, Fla. - For the second time in a week, the Lipscomb men’s tennis team will face Kennesaw State as they open the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament on Friday.
The Bisons (5-13, 1-5) enter the tournament as the sixth seed after falling to the third-seeded Owls by a 5-2 decision last Saturday.
Despite the result, Lipscomb head coach Mario Hernandez is confident his team can make the right adjustments as they focus on Friday’s match and make their second consecutive trip to the A-Sun Tournament.
“Since we just played them, we know what to expect and we have to game plan for Kennesaw and only Kennesaw,” Hernandez said. “Our focus can't be on the tournament as a whole. It has to be on this one match in front of us. If we make the right adjustments, I believe we'll be successful.”
In Saturday’s meeting, the Bisons took the doubles point and went to three sets in singles play, but Lipscomb was unable to turn any into wins. Hernandez looks to his team to make the necessary adjustments to turn those close matches into their favor.
“We had so many close matches in our last match against them, so we know it will come down to one team making minor adjustments and executing them better as a team,” Hernandez said. “Neither team can afford to have one guy not do their job or else that could make the difference in winning or losing.”
While they enter the tournament as the sixth seed, Hernandez knows that tournament play can bring out the best in a team.
“There's pressure in tournament play to be at your best as a team, but that's a good thing,” Hernandez said. “I'm looking forward to seeing the players and coaches step up for this team this week and on Friday.”
Friday’s match is set to begin at 5 p.m.