NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The Lipscomb men’s tennis team hit a stumbling block this weekend, running into a tough local opponent and an undefeated SEC team. The result was a pair of weekend losses.
Tennessee Tech (2-5) used the doubles point to squeak past the Bisons with a 4-3 victory on Saturday at Richland Country Club. That marked the third consecutive year in which Lipscomb has lost to the Golden Eagles by the same score.
Victor Chaw, Jorge Ortegon and Pedro Uribe each won their singles matches on Saturday, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a trio of losses in singles and doubles play.
Alabama (12-0) presented a much different challenge on Sunday evening, as the Crimson Tide have steamrolled their competition through the first month of action.
Although the Bisons put up a fight, Alabama took a 4-0 victory in a match that was played in clinch format.
Lipscomb (2-3) went winless in both singles and doubles, although Manzanares was up in his match when play was stopped.
Junior George Wong made his season debut against the Crimson Tide, dropping a 6-4, 6-3 match to Alabama's Grant Stuckey.
Lipscomb will need to quickly regroup as an overnight trip to Indiana looms next weekend. The Bisons will first take on IUPUI (2-3) on Friday at 1 p.m., before facing Ball State (6-1) on Saturday at the same time.
Saturday, Feb. 10: Tennessee Tech 4, Lipscomb 3
- MENA, Eduardo (TTU) def. Alejandro Manzanares (LIP) 6-0, 5-7, 6-1
- Victor Chaw (LIP) def. ALFONZO, Jorge (TTU) 6-1, 6-2
- Jorge Ortegon (LIP) def. ALBIN, Wenceslao (TTU) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
- GARCIA, Gonzalo (TTU) def. Daniel Cardenas (LIP) 6-7 (1-3), 8-4, 6-2
- KUBOTA, Riku (TTU) def. Francesco Tacconi (LIP) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
- Pedro Uribe (LIP) def. JUSTO, Arthur (TTU) 7-6 (11-9), 6-4
- MILA, Marc/JUSTO, Arthur (TTU) def. Alejandro Manzanares/Victor Chaw (LIP) 6-2
- ALBIN, Wenceslao/KUBOTA, Riku (TTU) def. Jorge Ortegon/Daniel Cardenas (LIP) 6-4
- MENA, Eduardo/GARCIA, Gonzalo (TTU) def. Francesco Tacconi/Pedro Uribe (LIP) 6-4
Sunday, Feb. 11: Alabama 4, Lipscomb 0
- Patrick Kaukovalta (UA) vs. Alejandro Manzanares (LIP) 6-7 (7-9), 1-2, unfinished
- Thibault Cancel (UA) vs. Victor Chaw (LIP) 6-3, 3-4, unfinished
- Edson Ortiz (UA) def. Jorge Ortegon (LIP) 6-1, 7-5
- Riccardo Roberto (UA) vs. Daniel Cardenas (LIP) 6-4, 4-4, unfinished
- Alexey Nesterov (UA) def. Pedro Uribe (LIP) 6-0, 6-2
- Grant Stuckey (UA) def. George Wong (LIP) 6-4, 6-3
- #22 Edson Ortiz/Mazen Osama (UA) vs. Alejandro Manzanares/Victor Chaw (LIP) 3-5, unfinished
- Thibault Cancel/Alexey Nesterov (UA) def. Jorge Ortegon/Daniel Cardenas (LIP) 6-3
- Sam Fischer/Grant Stuckey (UA) def. Francesco Tacconi/Pedro Uribe (LIP) 6-1