LAKEPOINT, Ga. – Four Lipscomb men’s tennis players were honored by the ASUN Thursday night as part of the conference’s annual awards banquet.
The five total honors earned by the four student-athletes were the most ever for the Bisons in program history.
“This shows our growth as a program and how we are taking steps forward,” Lipscomb head coach Geoff Hernandez said. “The better we do on the court, the better players we can recruit. And the better players we get, the better our program will be as a whole.
“This trend upwards started with teams in recent years. Now it’s up to us to keep the train moving. I am very proud of every single one of our guys.”
Sophomore Victor Chaw followed up his 2017 All-Freshman campaign by being named Second Team All-Conference for both singles and doubles.
As an individual, Chaw led the Bisons and finished third in the conference with a 14-4 mark, all at the No. 2 slot. He posted a 4-2 record in ASUN play, and finished the season 9-2 in his last 11 matches. Seven of his conference-high 14 wins at the No. 2 position came by-way of a sweep.
“Victor is just starting to show what he’s going to be able to do over the next couple of years in our conference,” Hernandez said. “He is such a tremendous talent and should be very proud of this. Knowing him, however, Victor will want to prove himself even more.”
Chaw and senior Alejandro Manzanares were named the top doubles duo in the conference - marking the first time the Bisons have ever had a doubles team earn all-conference recognition. The tandem posted a 12-3 mark in the No. 1 slot for the season, more than doubling every other No. 1 doubles in the conference.
In conference play, the duo went 5-0 and ended the season on a 6-match win streak. They were just ranked the No. 90 doubles pairing in the country by the ITA National Rankings.
“For Victor and Alejandro, they have developed into a really great team,” Hernandez said. “They know each other so well. Our system works for them and we show them some pointers, but they know themselves. They just go out and make it happen, they do their job. I am not surprised one bit by this result, I am just so thrilled for them.”
Manzanares is now a three-time Second-Team All-Conference honoree.
Also bringing home some hardware is Pedro Uribe who was named to the All-Freshman squad after going 9-8 in singles play, including a league-best 5-1 mark in the ASUN, while splitting time between the No. 5 and No. 6 positions.
He tied for the second most victories on the team and ended the regular season on a team best 4-match win streak. In doubles play, Uribe linked with a pair of partners in to go 5-10 at the No. 3 line.
“Pedro has been a steady improvement since the fall,” Hernandez said. “The clarity in his game has really grown. His number one attribute is that he’s a complete fighter. He is willing to learn and never gives up. Pedro has done a tremendous job and I am really proud. This credit is completely deserving.”
Senior Daniel Cardenas was named to the All-Academic squad after accumulating a 3.75 GPA in the MBA Business Administration graduate program. He is just the second Bison to ever earn All-Academic recognition. Former Bison Rob Mitchell was the first in 2015.
The Cali, Colombia native finished 8-9 overall and 2-4 in ASUN play as Lipscomb’s No. 4 seed. In doubles action, he combined for a 5-5 record with a pair of partners.
“I can’t say enough about what Daniel has been able to get done in the classroom and on the court,” Hernandez said. “Academics is an area that may have been lacking in some ways and we want that to be better.
“With help from Grace Ann Miller and Dr. Lin Garner, his commitment to school and the ability to manage a master’s degree as well as playing successfully in the lineup is impressive. It just shows a testament to his focus. I want to wish Daniel the best of luck as he finished up his MBA.”
Lipscomb opens ASUN Tournament play on Friday in Jacksonville, Florida as the No. 4 seed. The Bisons will face No. 5 Kennesaw State in the opening round.