BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- The Lipscomb men’s tennis team wrapped its fall schedule with a trip to Alabama for the Country Club of Birmingham Collegiate Invitational this weekend.
Senior Alejandro Manzanares and freshman Pedro Uribe each lost their opening-round singles matches, but bounced back to win their respective back draws.
Manzenares’ opening-round loss was his first of the fall season, but wins over players from Troy, Samford and Tulane provided consolation. Hernandez said he was proud of how the Venezuelan battled after the setback.
“We have pretty high expectations for Alejandro,” Hernandez said. “We went to Birmingham hoping for Alejandro to win the tournament. We’ve raised our standards for what he would describe as a successful weekend.”
Uribe picked up victories over players from South Alabama, Samford and Alabama to continue his strong debut season.
“We had a good mental breakthrough with Pedro,” Hernandez said. “He’s learning to play his game and to be the best version of himself. I was happy with him – I think he’ll be an important player for us in the spring.”
Meanwhile, senior Daniel Cardenas and junior George Wong each went 1-3 in singles play. The doubles teams of Manzanares/Cardenas and Uribe/Wong each went 1-2.
The tournament provided the Bisons with an opportunity to play on clay courts – a treat rarely seen at the college level.
“The clay court setting made this a fun tournament,” Hernandez said. “It was something different. A lot of our guys have grown up playing on clay."
Another added benefit of the tournament was that the team stayed with a host family rather than at a hotel.
“The country club members hosted the players," Hernandez said. "It was our second year staying with (the same) family, so we’ve gotten to know them well. It’s nice for the players and gave the tournament a different vibe.”
Lipscomb now moves into a short offseason with both Thanksgiving break and Christmas break approaching. The Bisons will resume match play at Vanderbilt on Jan. 21.
“We’ll push our fitness and make sure everyone leaves here healthy to make sure we are ready for January,” Hernandez said. “We accomplished a lot this fall. We made some sacrifices in singles to set our doubles culture, but in the long run, I have complete confidence that we can get the singles performances where we want them to be.”
CCB Collegiate Invitational Results:
Alejandro Manzanares (3-1)
Lost to Garcia (Portland) 4-6, 7-6(1),6-0
Def. Atuna (Troy) 6-4, 6-2
Def. Faundez (Samford) 6-0, 6-3
Def. Ruetzel (Tulane) 6-2, 6-4
Daniel Cardenas (1-3)
Lost to Soriano (Miami) 6-4, 7-5
Lost to Lau (Troy) 6-3, 6-4
Lost to Rogers (Tennessee) 6-4, 7-6(5)
Def. Fruh (South Alabama) 6-3, 6-1
Pedro Uribe (3-1)
Lost to Esipov (Southern Miss) 6-0, 7-5
Def. Fruh (South Alabama) 6-1, 6-1
Def. Moreira (Samford) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
Def. Stuckey (Alabama) 6-3, 6-2
George Wong (1-3)
Def. Daniel Merker (Southern Miss) 6-4, 5-7, 6-3
Lost to Pasini (UAB) 6-3, 6-3
Lost to di Loreto (South Alabama) 7-5, 6-2
Lost to Selma (Troy) 6-1, 6-3
Def. Bisht/Merker (Southern Miss) 8-2
Lost to Herrera/Miyamoto (ETSU) 8-7 (3)
Lost to Langmo/Shimamoto (Miami) 8-6
Lost to Donat/P. Garcia (Portland) 8-4
Def. Fruh/Gonzalez (South Alabama) 8-4
Lost to Esipov/Tortrakul (Southern Miss) 8-1