JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Waking up early should prove to be pretty easy for the Lipscomb men’s tennis team on Friday.
The 4th-seeded Bisons (8-11, 3-3 ASUN) are set to take on No. 5 Kennesaw State at 8 a.m on Friday in the first round of the ASUN tournament at North Florida.
The Owls (8-10, 2-4 ASUN) will be out to avenge their 4-2 home loss to the Bisons on March 24. Lipscomb used singles wins from Victor Chaw, Francesco Tacconi and Pedro Uribe, along with the doubles point, to down Kennesaw State at the Betty Siegel Courts.
Chaw brings a 14-4 record into Friday’s contest, having won his third ASUN Player of the Week award on Wednesday. Chaw and senior teammate Alejandro Manzanares also appeared in the ITA Doubles Ranking this week after posting a 12-3 doubles mark, coming in at No. 90 in the nation.
Lipscomb is hoping to replicate its tournament run from last season, when the Bisons downed Kennesaw State and Stetson to advance to the ASUN title match. FGCU eventually took the league crown with a 4-2 victory in the championship.
SCOUTING THE OWLS:
Kennesaw State had an up-and-down performance in ASUN play. The Owls topped Florida Gulf Coast by a score of 5-2 on March 31, only to drop a 5-2 contest to league bottom-feeder USC Upstate last week. Junior Fermin Calvo Barcelo is 14-4 in the No. 1 singles spot, and he defeated Manzanares in just two sets on March 24. Lipscomb's last loss to Kennesaw State came on April 15, 2017, but the Bisons avenged the defeat with a 4-3 ASUN tournament victory over the Owls just six days later.
HOW TO FOLLOW:
Should the Bisons emerge victorious on Friday, the team will extend their season another day. They would take on top-seeded North Florida Saturday at 8 a.m. in the semifinals.