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Friday, February 26, 2010After a long weekend of tournament play, the Lady Bisons quickly returned to the courts for another match Thursday.
The Lipscomb women’s tennis team traveled to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to face the Lady Mocs. The originally scheduled match was cancelled due to weather.
The Lady Bisons could not find victory in Chattanooga. Losing by a score of 6-1, their season record is even at 4-4.
The match began with a close doubles point.
At No. 1 doubles, Elizabeth Keevil and Mackenzie Bishop defeated their opponents Jenna Nurik and Emily Hangstefer 8-4.
Kara Jackson and Danielle Hansen lost at the No. 2 spot 2-8 to Grace Robinette and Shaina Singh.
With each team holding a doubles win, the deciding match fell on the shoulders of the No. 3 players.
The doubles pair of Julianne McMeen and Carlina Jow lost another close doubles match at No.3. The girls came back after being down 4-6 to tie it at 8-8. However, it was not quite enough. UTC’s Annie Green and Beata Knizat defeated the pair 9-8 (7-2) in a tiebreaker.
With an early deficit of 0-1, the Lady Bisons hoped to overcome UTC’s edge in their singles play.
Freshman Bishop lost her first singles match of the season, falling to Nurik 3-6, 2-6 at No. 1.
Keevil lost to Emily Hangstefer, sister to Lipscomb’s own Men’s tennis player Daniel Hangstefer, at No. 2, 0-6, 1-6.
The Lady Bisons’ deficit was building, down 0-3.
At No. 3, Hansen could not turn things around for Lipscomb. She fell to Singh 6-1, 6-0.
The Lady Bisons found their lone win at No. 4 singles. Jackson defeated Knizat in a three setter 2-6, 6-1, 6-1, bringing the match score to 1-4.
Jow fell to Robinette at No. 5, 2-6, 2-6.
No. 6 player McMeen was defeated by Taylor 2-6, 0-6.
The final score of 1-6 left the Lady Bisons disappointed.
The Lady Bisons next match is Saturday Feb. 27 against Brown University. The match will be played at Vanderbilt University at 8:30 a.m.
1. Bishop/Keevil (LU) def. Nurik/ Hangstefer (UTC) 8-4
2. Singh/ Robinette (UTC) def. Hansen/Jackson (LU) 8-2
3. Greene/ Knizat (UTC) def. McMeen/Jow (LU) 9-8 (7-2)
1. Jenna Nurik (UTC) def. Bishop (LU) 6-3, 6-2
2. Emily Hangstefer (UTC) def. Keevil (LU) 6-0, 6-1
3. Shaina Singh (UTC) def. Hansen (LU) 6-1, 6-0
4. Jackson (LU) def. Beata Knizak (UTC) 2-6, 6-1, 6-1
5. Grace Robinette (UTC) def. Jow (LU) 6-2, 6-2
6. Jennifer Taylor (UTC) def. McMeen (LU) 6-2, 6-0
This story was written by Ashland Williams, a student assistant in sports information.