NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Following the loss of seniors Daniel Cardenas and Alejandro Manzanares to graduation, the Lipscomb men’s tennis team added a key piece for the 2018-19 campaign this week.
Coach Geoff Hernandez announced the addition of Pablo Caffarena, a transfer from Jacksonville State on Friday. Caffarena is a rising junior and will be eligible to play immediately.
“We are really excited to have Pablo join us,” Hernandez said. “He knows what Lipscomb University will provide and he will jump right into the culture we have established here and enhance it.”
The Jacksonville State transfer played the Bisons in a non-conference match on Feb. 24, taking a 6-1, 6-3 singles victory, and the Gamecocks ultimately won the match, 4-3.
“We have competed against Pablo and he showed fight, class, and a very high level of play,” Hernandez said. “For him to transfer to our program is big.”
The native of Valencia, Spain, brings a wealth of experience to the Bisons. Caffarena went 10-6 in the No. 2 singles spot this season, while compiling a 7-9 doubles record.
As a freshman in 2017, Caffarena finished with a 10-7 mark in singles and a 10-4 overall record in doubles play.
Caffarena is the second addition to next year’s roster, following the signing of London native Jake Penny earlier this month.
“With Jake and Pablo, plus the returning roster, I can’t wait to take the next step forward with this program,” Hernandez said.
The Caffarena File
Hometown: Valencia, Spain
High School: Cambridge House
Previous College: Jacksonville State (2 years)
Birthday: October 29, 1998 in Valencia
Weight: 157 pounds
Parents: Jose and Susana Caffarena
Siblings: Jose (22), Blanca (17)
Athletics: Played with Club Español de Tenis and made the Division 1 Juniors championship semifinals in Spain.
Planned major: Business Management
Why did he choose Lipscomb? For the “tennis program, business school and location.”
Ambition: To improve and be successful