Battle of the Boulevard on tap for men's tennis
Thursday, March 1, 2018
By Russell Vannozzi
Battle of the Boulevard on tap for men's tennis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s tennis is in the midst of a five-match losing streak, but the Bisons have a chance for redemption when rival Belmont comes to Huston-Marsh-Griffith Tennis Center on Friday.

The match, which is Lipscomb’s first home outdoor battle of the season, is set for 11 a.m. The Bisons will then travel to Birmingham on Sunday to take on UAB at 2 p.m.

Four of Lipscomb five losses during the losing streak have come by a score of 4-3. Despite a victory by senior Alejandro Manzanares in the No. 1 spot and taking the doubles point against Jacksonville State last Saturday, the Bisons dropped a 4-3 contest to the Gamecocks after a poor singles showing.


Belmont brings a 4-7 record into Friday’s Battle of the Boulevard, but the Bisons have owned the series in recent years. The Bruins' last victory against Lipscomb came in a 4-3 victory on March 17, 2012, and the Bisons have since reeled off four consecutive victories in the series. Belmont sophomore Hendrik Inno (8-2) and freshman Marko Ilic (7-4) have been the team’s best singles players thus far. The Bruins are also 15-13 as a team in doubles play, and the duo of Inno and Illic currently owns an 8-3 record.


UAB has gotten the better of the Bisons in the last four meetings between the two schools, including a 6-1 victory in Birmingham last season. The Blazers are currently 5-5 on the year and are coming off back-to-back 4-3 victories over George Washington and Omaha on Feb. 17. Sophomore Tim Dollman is 7-1 in singles play and was named Conference USA Player of the Week on Feb. 21. He is expected to battle with Manzanares in the No. 1 singles spot on Sunday.


The Bisons will host Detroit-Mercy on Friday, March 9. That match is slated for a 10 a.m. start at Huston-Marsh-Griffith Tennis Center.