MUNCIE, Ind.- 4-3 is not a final score that has been friendly to the Lipscomb men’s tennis team as of late.
After dropping 4-3 decisions to IUPUI and Ball State this weekend, the Bisons have now lost four straight matches – including three by just one point.
The Bisons fell to the Jaguars (4-5) on Friday afternoon, before losing to the Cardinals (7-1) on Saturday.
"This was a tough weekend for us,” Lipscomb coach Geoff Hernandez said. “Our team is resilient, but it will require extra effort to get to where we want to be."
After having some early-season success in doubles, Lipscomb lost the doubles point to both IUPUI and Ball State.
"Our doubles is not at the standard that we expect and that is on me,” Hernandez said. “We will get back to our focus on strong doubles play and build this week to get back to earning wins.
Alejandro Manzanares, Victor Chaw and Jorge Ortegon each won their singles matches on both Friday and Saturday.
"I'm proud of them," Hernandez said. "But they would be the first to say it is not enough. Once we get the belief from top to bottom and sharpen up our doubles, we will reach our expectations."
Lipscomb will be on the road again next weekend to take on Jacksonville State and Mercer. The Bisons face the Gamecocks on Saturday, February 24 at 10 a.m., before dueling with the Bears on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 16: IUPUI 4, Lipscomb 3
- Alejandro Manzanares (LIPM) def. Sean Bailey (IUPUI) 6-3, 6-3
- Victor Chaw (LIPM) def. Jac Newis (IUPUI) 7-5, 6-7 (2-7), 7-5
- Jorge Ortegon (LIPM) def. David Beasley (IUPUI) 6-4, 6-2
- Eric Hollingsworth (IUPUI) def. Daniel Cardenas (LIPM) 6-4, 6-2
- Bradley Luetschwager (IUPUI) def. George Wong (LIPM) 6-2, 6-3
- Ethan Mardanus-Budio (IUPUI) def. Pedro Uribe (LIPM) 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
- Bradley Luetschwager/Grant Weaver (IUPUI) def. Alejandro Manzanares/Victor Chaw (LIPM) 7-6 (8-6)
- Ethan Mardanus-Budio/Jac Newis (IUPUI) def. Daniel Cardenas/Jorge Ortegon (LIPM) 7-6 (7-1)
- David Beasley/Sean Bailey (IUPUI) def. Francesco Tacconi/Pedro Uribe (LIPM) 7-5
Saturday, Feb. 17: Ball State 4, Lipscomb 3
- Alejandro Manzanares (LIPM) def. Nemania Guzina 6-3, 6-2
- Victor Chaw (LIPM) def. Marko Guzina 7-6 (4), 6-3
- Jorge Ortegon (LIPM) def. Thibault DeNegri 6-3, 6-2, 6-3
- Conner Andersen (BSU) def. Daniel Cardenas (LIPM) 6-4, 6-2, 6-3
- Chris Adams (BSU) def. Pedro Uribe (LIPM) 6-0, 6-7, 7-5
- Bryce Bonin (BSU) def. Francesco Tacconi 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
- Alejandro Manzanares/Victor Chaw (LIPM) vs. Nemania Guzina/Thibault DeNergi (BSU) 5-6 unfinished
- Marko Guzina/Chris Anderson (BSU) def. Jorge Ortegon/Daniel Cardenas (LIPM) 6-3
- Adams/T. Carney (BSU) def. Francesco Tacconi/Pedro Uribe (LIPM) 6-4