NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The Lipscomb men’s tennis team is off to a 2-1 start and looking to add its early-season success when Tennessee Tech comes to town on Saturday.
The Bisons (2-1) and Golden Eagles (1-5) are set to battle at Richland Country Club at 5 p.m. Lipscomb will then have a short turnaround for its match at Alabama (10-0) on Sunday at 6 p.m.
Lipscomb has recently struggled against its Cookeville neighbor, having lost three of its previous four matches to the Golden Eagles.
However, all four matches finished with a final score of 4-3, and coach Geoff Hernandez said he expects a close contest again.
“Our last matches against them have all been 4-3 one way or the other,” Hernandez said. “Our players know their players and we battle every time we face them. We’ll have to make sure we bring our highest level, because they are a very strong team.”
The Bisons have thrived in doubles play and have picked up the doubles point in each of their first three matches. The duo of Jorge Ortegon and Daniel Cardenas are a perfect 3-0 in doubles play, while Ortegon, Cardenas and Victor Chaw each own 2-1 records in singles action.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES:
Tennessee Tech touts No. 51-ranked Eduardo Mena, an All-OVC first-teamer who appeared in the NCAA tournament in each of the last two seasons. Gonzalo Garcia, a freshman from Barcelona, Spain, leads the Golden Eagles with three singles victories.
The team picked up its first win of the season with a 5-2 defeat of UNC-Asheville on Feb. 4. Tennessee Tech opened the spring with five consecutive losses, all of which were on the road.
SCOUTING THE CRIMSON TIDE:
Undefeated Alabama will provide a much stiffer test on Sunday evening. The Crimson Tide have rolled through their compeition and have yet to allow more than one point to an opponent. As a team, Alabama is 40-4 in singles matches and 23-4 in doubles matches. Edson Ortiz (8-0), Alexey Nesterov (7-0) and Thibault Cancel (5-0) each boast impressive singles resumes, while the team of Ortiz and Mazen Osama are 4-0 in doubles and ranked No. 22 in the country.
Check LipscombSports.com for a full recap of both matches on Sunday. The Alabama match can be tracked with the live stats link provided above. Results will also be posted to the team’s Twitter (@LipscombMTEN).