NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The Lipscomb men’s tennis team knew it was in for a challenge before this weekend’s Commodore Scramble at Vanderbilt. The field included Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Louisville and Furman, and the tournament lived it to its billing.
Bright spots for the Bisons included the season debut of Alejandro Manzaneres and the emergence of Pedro Uribe in the latter half of the tournament.
Otherwise, the 3-day event was tough sledding for the four Lipscomb players that participated.
“This weekend was a tough tournament with a lot of strong teams,” Lipscomb head coach Geoff Hernandez said. “Areas that we need to improve were exposed. Our players had to stretch themselves to match the high level of competition.”
The stiff competition and the proximity of the tournament made the Commodore Scramble an ideal tournament for the Bisons to have on their fall schedule.
“You can’t beat it,” Hernandez said of the convenience of the Commodore Scramble. "It was a good situation for our team – we’re always excited when we get to play at Vanderbilt.”
Manzaneres opened the tournament with a singles victory over Vanderbilt senior Lachlan McPhee on Friday. The Lipscomb senior then teamed up with Jorge Ortegon to down LSU’s duo of Stewart Block and Gabor Csonka by a score of 6-4.
“(Manzaneres) really brings a high level of play to our program,” Hernandez said. “We’ve been working on trying to make him more aggressive and pushing him out of his comfort zone. It was fun to get him out there again – he’s one of my favorite players to watch.”
Uribe struggled on Friday and into Saturday morning, before bouncing back to defeat Louisville’s Fredrik Moe on Saturday afternoon. The freshmen went on to top Auburn’s Michael Durham (3-6, 6-3, 6-4) on Sunday morning.
“Uribe stepped his game up after underperforming for the first day and a half,” Hernandez said. “We had a positive meeting and then he won his final two singles matches.”
Ortegon picked up a singles victory by defeating Louisville’s Federico Gomez on Saturday afternoon. Earlier in the day, the sophomore and Manzaneres won their second doubles match of the weekend with a victory over Alabama’s team of Sam Fischer and Zhe Zhu.
“(Ortegon) needs to keep playing against tough competition, because he’s right on the edge of breaking through,” Herandez said.
Freshman David Skrabut also participated in the tournament, but he did not pick up any victories.
Lipscomb will take a break this coming weekend before heading to Kentucky for the Louisville Invitational from Oct. 13-15
“We have to look at the results positively to keep developing,” Hernandez said. “We’ve got work to do, but fortunately, I feel like this team is up for the challenge.”
COMMODORE SCRAMBLE RESULTS
Day 1 (Friday, Sept. 29)
Alejandro Manzaneres (LIP) def. McPhee (VU) 6-2, 6-2
Rowe (VU) def. Jorge Ortegon (LIP) 6-2, 7-5
Rushin (AUB) def. David Skrabut (LIP) 6-4, 6-4
Freeman (VU) def. Pedro Uribe (LIP) 6-3, 6-2
Laubser/Nguyen (AUB) def. Alejandro Manzaneres/Jorge Ortegon (LIP) 6-4
Rushin/Thestrup (AUB) def. David Skrabut/Pedro Uribe 6-3
Alejandro Manzaneres/Jorge Ortegon (LIP) def. Block/Csonka (LSU) 6-4
Valent/Virtanen (VU) def. David Skrabut/Pedro Uribe (LIP) 6-3
Day 2 (Saturday, Sept. 30)
Csonka (LSU) def. Alejandro Manzaneres (LIP) 6-4, 7-5
Threstrup (AUB) def. Jorge Ortegon (LIP) 7-5, 6-4
Fischer (Bama) def. David Skrabut (LIP) 6-0, 6-1
Laubser (AUB) def. Pedro Uribe (LIP) 6-3, 6-2
Zhu (Bama) def. Alejandro Manzaneres (LIP) 6-4, 6-3
Jorge Ortegon (LIP) def. Gomez (UL) 7-5, 6-1
Durham (AUB) def. David Skrabut (LIP) 6-1, 6-3
Pedro Uribe (LIP) def. Moe (UL) 7-6 (8), 6-4
Alejandro Manzaneres/Jorge Ortegon (LIP) def. Fischer/Zhu (Bama) 7-5
Allwardt/Ross (VU) def. David Skrabut/Pedro Uribe (LIP) 7-5
Day 3 (Sunday, Oct. 1)
Virtanen (VU) def. Alejandro Manzaneres (LIP) 7-5, 6-2
Nguyen (AUB) def. Jorge Ortegon (LIP) 6-2, 6-2
Moe (UL) def. David Skrabut (LIP) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
Pedro Uribe (LIP) def. Durham (AUB) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Valent/Virtanen (VU) def. Alejandro Manzaneres/Jorge Ortegon (LIP) 6-4
Sraberg/Moe (VU/UL) def. David Skrabut/Pedro Uribe (LIP) 6-2