KNOXVILLE – The Lipscomb men’s tennis team wrapped up action at the ITA Regionals Saturday in Knoxville.
The Bisons had two of their four players advance out of the first round in singles play and both pairings did the same in doubles.
“This was a solid weekend for us in the sense of every guy came out with the mentality to win,” Head coach Geoff Hernandez said. “At the regionals it can be challenging if you are up against a big school, but that didn’t matter to any of our guys. They came out and expected to win.”
Among those advancing in the 128-player singles draw was junior Victory Chaw, who was seeded 20th. He came from behind to defeat ETSU (3-6, 6-0, 6-4) in the first round before taking down Northern Kentucky in straight sets (6-1, 6-0).
Chaw eventually fell in the round of 16 against No. 2 Cameron Klinger of Vanderbilt (3-6, 0-6).
Fellow junior Jorge Ortegon was the other Bison who earned a victory in singles by upending ETSU’s Miyamoto (0-6, 6-3, 7-5). He wrapped up play with a loss to Memphis (3-6, 1-6) in the second round.
Doubles provided Hernandez with plenty to be proud of as both pairings knocked off top seeds in the first round.
Chaw teamed with Pablo Caffarena in the 64-team doubles draw and advanced to the round of 16 before eventually falling 8-5 on Saturday against No. 2 Tennessee.
The tandem got play going on Thursday with an 8-7(5) win over No. 12 Vanderbilt and then followed it up with an 8-7(4) victory against Austin Peay.
On the other side, Ortegon and Pedro Uribe took No. 6 Dayton to the wire before knocking the Flyers out in the first round, 8-7(7). They concluded play with an 8-7(5) loss to Louisville in the second round.
“I think it was a great display from our team in doubles,” Hernandez said. “We were able to get a couple of wins off seeds in the first round, both of whom were very strong teams. We continued that through the weekend and I couldn’t be more proud. We are definitely on the right path.”
Overall the Bisons finished 6-7 on the weekend, including a 3-2 mark in doubles and a 3-5 tally in singles.
Lipscomb continues fall play next weekend in the Bluegrass State when they take part in the Louisville Invitational, hosted by the University of Louisville.
“We will be looking for the other four players on our roster to have the same mindset next week in Louisville,” Hernandez said. “We want to be prepared from top to bottom, one through eight. This was a positive weekend and the guys need to keep training and fighting.”