KNOXVILLE, Tenn.- The Lipscomb men’s tennis team spent the weekend at the ITA Ohio Valley Regional, continuing their quest to move players into the ITA rankings.
“We had a strong performance and took some steps that we needed to take in doubles,” Lipscomb coach Geoff Hernandez said. “I think we’re on the right track.”
Victor Chaw and Alejandro Manzanares took down ETSU, Kentucky and Purdue in doubles play, before dropping their quarterfinal match to Vanderbilt on Saturday.
“To see them compete and beat (Power 5) teams is important for our team,” Hernandez said. “It shows that the work we put in is paying off and that we’re good enough to win at that level.”
Chaw and Manzanares have developed a chemistry that Hernadez said dates back to last spring, when the two played together in ASUN matches.
“It was a breakout tournament for them,” Hernandez said. “They established themselves as one of the top (doubles) teams in the region. Hopefully they can be a ranked team come January.”
Manzanares also picked up two victories in main draw singles play, defeating Ali Mooraj of Purdue and Adam Walton of Tennessee. Hernandez said he believes the senior is on the brink of breaking into the ITA singles rankings.
“He just needs to get a few more ranked wins and he’ll be right in there,” Hernandez said. “I think the level of competition he played shows what he can be, and that’s a power guy in our region and in our conference.”
Chaw, Daniel Cardenas and Jorge Ortegon each went 1-2 in singles play. Cardenas and Ortegon dropped their first round doubles match to Kentucky by a score of 8-7.
Lipscomb will have the next two weekends off before traveling to Birmingham for the CCB Collegiate Invitational on Nov. 10.
ITA Ohio Valley Regional Results
Alejandro Manzanares (2-1):
Def. Ali Mooraj (Purdue) 6-1, 6-0
Def. Adam Walton (UTK) 6-4, 4-6, 7-5
Lost to William Bushamuka (UK) 6-3, 6-1
Daniel Cardenas (1-2)
Lost to Jake Stefanik (UK) 7-6 (10-8), 6-3
Def. Lope Adelakun (Butler) 6-1, 7-6 (7-2)
Lost to George Hedley (LOU) 6-2, 6-3
Victor Chaw (1-2)
Lost to Luca Wiedenmann (UT) 6-1, 6-1
Def. Arthur Justo (TTU) 6-2, 6-4
Lost to David Beasley (IUPUI) 4-6, 6-2, 10-5
Jorge Ortegon (1-2)
Lost to Circo Lampasas (LOU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
Def. Alejandro Rodriguez (Xavier) 3-6, 6-2, 10-2
Lost to Tom Moonen (MTSU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
Victor Chaw/Alejandro Manzanares (3-1)
Def. David Gonzalez/Tasei Miyamoto (ETSU) 8-4
Def. Renan Hanayama/Ali Mooraj (Purdue) 8-4
Def. Cesar Bourgois/Enzo Wallart (UK) 8-4
Lost to Lachlan McPhee/Billy Rowe (Vandy) 8-5
Daniel Cardenas/Jorge Ortegon (0-1)
Lost to Austin Hussey/Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) 8-7