NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb men’s tennis team found itself on the losing end of a close match Saturday evening as UAB took a 4-3 decision over the Bisons in their home opener.
“Tonight’s match was one that we will look back on and evaluate where we can get better,” Lipscomb head coach Geoff Hernandez said. “For us, our ultimate strength is usually doubles, but tonight we did not show up.”
Lipscomb (1-2) dropped its first doubles point of the young season as Francesco Tacconi and David Skrabut were shutout 6-0, before the top pairing of Victor Chaw and Pablo Caffarena lost 6-2, giving the Blazers (2-1) the first point of the match.
“I would say it was our poorest doubles performance in the last couple of years,” Hernandez said. “It’s a good one to kick start us to really be professional on the way that we approach everything going into a match, just to keep our standard extremely high.”
The Bisons bounced back early in singles actions, winning three of the first four matches.
In the No. 1 slot, Chaw went three sets with Roman Postolka before getting the victory 6-2, 5-7, 6-3. He improved to 2-0 on the year in singles with the victory. Caffarena and Ortegon earned the other points for Lipscomb in straight sets.
Caffarena knocked off Daniel Janko 6-3, 6-2 in the second slot, and Ortegon won 6-2, 6-4 over Nikolai Manchev.
Following straight-set losses from David Skrabut and Uribe, Tacconi was the last hope for Hernandez’s squad.
Tacconi won the second set to force a third, but UAB’s Jasper van Kleef was too much as he clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-2 victory.
“We’ve lost a lot of 3-4 matches,” Hernandez said. “It’s about time that we make the change in order to get over that situation. It’s going to have to be to where someone believes that they can be the one to clinch it.
“It has to be that way, to where every guy out there wants to be that person. Until that happens, we are going to be stuck, but we can do it.”
The Bisons get a few days off before a pair of matches next weekend. They will host Furman on Friday at 6:30 p.m. before visiting Samford on Saturday.
“UAB is a good team, so we are at least putting ourselves into a position to win, but it hasn’t taken that last step,” Hernandez said. “That will be our goal moving forward.”
FINAL RESULTS: UAB 4 - Lipscomb 3
1. Roman Postolka/Michal Lusovsky (UAB) def. Victor Chaw/Pablo Caffarena (LIP) 6-2
2. Jorge Ortegon/Pedro Uribe (LIP) vs. Nikolai Manchev/Daniel Janko (UAB) 3-5, unfinished
3. Jasper van Kleef/Giovani Pasini (UAB) def. Francesco Tacconi/David Skrabut (LIP) 6-0
Order of Finish: (3,1)
- Victor Chaw (LIP) Roman Postolka (UAB) 6-2, 5-7, 6-3
- Pablo Caffarena (LIP) Daniel Janko (UAB) 6-3, 6-2
- Jorge Ortegon (LIP) Nikolai Manchev (UAB) 6-2, 6-4
- Michal Lusovsky (UAB) Pedro Uribe (LIP) 6-3, 7-5
- Jasper van Kleef (UAB) def. Francesco Tacconi (LIP) 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 6-2
- Giovani Pasini (UAB) def. David Skrabut (LIP-M) 6-2, 6-4
Order of Finish: (2,3,4,1,6,5)