NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb’s dominance over rival Belmont continued as the men’s tennis team rolled to a victory on Friday at Huston-Marsh-Griffith Tennis Center.
Behind strong doubles play and five singles wins, the Bisons dispatched the Bruins, 6-1. With the victory, Lipscomb clinched the 2017-18 Battle of the Boulevard All-Sports Trophy.
“Our athletic department has had a great showing against Belmont, so I wanted to make sure we did our part to win the Battle of the Boulevard (All-Sports Trophy). I’m really happy for our guys.”
Lipscomb senior Alejandro Manzanares and teammate Victor Chaw pulled out a tightly contest doubles battle against Hendrik Inno and Marko Illic to clinch the doubles point. The Bisons downed Inno and Illic in a 7-6 (6) tiebreaker.
“When it comes down to Alejandro and Victor in the last match, I’m betting on them every time,” Hernandez said. “They did a great job finishing their battles.”
Just minutes earlier, Lipscomb’s Daniel Cardenas and Pedro Uribe defeated the Belmont duo of Grant Kelly and David Faulkner, 6-4.
In singles, Manzanares took down Inno by a score of 7-6 (4), 0-6, 6-4. Chaw, Cardenas, Uribe and Jorge Ortegon also each won their respective singles matches.
Lipscomb 6, Belmont 1
Alejandro Manzanares (LIP) def. Hendrik Inno (BU) 7-6 (4), 0-6, 6-4
Victor Chaw (LIP) def. Marko Ilic (BU) 6-3, 2-6, 6-1
Jorge Ortegon (LIP) def. Vincent Sterkens (BU) 7-6 (10), 6-2
Daniel Cardneas (LIP) def. Stephen Goldman (BU) 4-6, 6-0, 6-2
Pedro Uribe (LIP) def. Jake Briggs (BU) 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (3)
David Faulkner (BU) def. George Wong (LIP) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
Alejandro Manzanares/Victor Chaw (LIP) def. Hendrick Inno/Marko Illic (BU) 7-6 (6)
Goldman/Sterkenks (BU) def. Jorge Ortegon/Francesco Tacconi (LIP) 6-4
Daniel Cardenas/Pedro Uribe (LIP) def. Grant Kelly/David Faulkner (BU) 6-4
Lipscomb is set to travel to Birmingham on Sunday to take on the UAB Blazers. Match time is set for 2 p.m., just at the men’s basketball team will tip-off for the ASUN finals in Ft. Myers, Florida.
“We’ll keep pounding away with our attitude of having mental toughness, and we’ll see what we can do,” Hernandez said. “I’ll probably be checking my phone a little bit – we wish the men’s basketball team the best of luck.”