Thursday, January 23, 2014
If you are trying to think warm thoughts then maybe a tennis match or two might do the trick.
This weekend the Lipscomb Lady Bisons open the tennis season at the Whitworth indoor tennis facility. The Lady Bisons will face two Ohio Valley Conference teams with UT-Martin visiting Friday at 7 p.m. and Belmont Saturday at 6 p.m.
Coach Jamie Aid is optimistic about the season.
“This past fall we laid a great foundation for what we as a program want to achieve this spring,” Aid said. “Our success on the court this spring depended on how hard we worked off the court this fall.”
Aid has benefited from the work of volunteer assistant Jonathan Flinn.
“We have been fortunate this year as a program to have a strength and conditioning coach that has been very intentional about setting up a program that allows players to peak at the right time,” Aid said. “Our girls came back from break and were able to see their hard work by setting new records on the strength and conditioning side.
“Jonathan has done a tremendous job with the team. This team is physically ready to tackle the spring.”
The Atlantic Sun Conference is highly-competitive in tennis. Aid planned her non-conference schedule to prepare her players for the tough conference schedule ahead.
“Our pre-conference schedule does not hold any `free’ matches,” Aid said. “No match is treated differently on how we approach each opponent. This group is going to have to stay focused on who we have defined ourselves to be from the fall, keep with the process, aim to improve on a daily basis, and control preparation.”
Aid has also welcomed former Bisons tennis player Oliver Strecker to the coaching staff. He is working with the team through the spring season.
Australian Laura Kent has also been added to the roster for the spring. She is joined by returning players Jenny Borck, Lorena Djuknic, Melissa Kromer, Sierra Troxel and Deahna Welcher. Aid has not announced the order of play.
“One of the greatest things to see from a coaching perspective is that our team has bought into a process,” Aid said. “Our goal in the preseason is that each time we walk off the court we have seen some kind of improvement so we continue to raise the level.
“This group of young ladies is from top to bottom one of the more talented teams Lipscomb women's tennis has produced. However, they are young and we have to continue to hold them to expectations daily.”
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