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Friday, April 08, 2011Talent will be tested, conditioning challenged and heart determined on Saturday, April 9th, when the Bisons and Lady Bisons tennis teams host Atlantic Sun rival, Belmont University, in the Battle of the Boulevard at the Huston-Marsh-Griffith Tennis Center. Match play will begin at 10 a.m. on Satuday, followed by the second annual Lipscomb Racquet Club Block Party.
"This weekend is going to tell us a lot about this program moving forward into next year,” Head coach Andrew Harris said. “Both teams have the opportunity to breakthrough into unknown territory.”
Both teams are coming off tough losses to Campbell and are ready to close out the season with a bang in their final regular season match of the year.
The Lady Bisons were shut out by Campbell last weekend, and their record slipped to 3-13 overall and 2-7 in the A-Sun. With Belmont holding the same conference record, the Lady Bisons have a strong chance at posting their third conference win of the season.
“With the ladies, if we are able to come through and beat Belmont this would allow us to finish with 3 conference wins this spring,” Harris said. “That would be a school record for our women's team.”
Harris said the Lady Bisons are definite contenders to make school history due to their familiarity with the Belmont roster.
“What is great going into this match is that many of our ladies played against the Belmont players throughout the fall in the University of Memphis tournament and the Vanderbilt Tournament,” Harris said. “So we are all familiar with one another and I think it will be one of the more exciting matches here all season.”
The Lady Bisons fell to Belmont last season 5-2.
On the men’s side, the Bisons closed out last weekend with a 6-1 loss to Campbell. Preparing for a Belmont team that is 0-9 in the A-Sun, the Bisons have confidence going into their final regular season match.
With a win, the Bisons will post one of the strongest finishes in Lipscomb’s history.
“Our men's team has never qualified (top-6) for the conference tournament, and with a win on Saturday against Belmont, it certainly will create a tremendous opportunity for us,” Harris said. “Belmont will be ready to go though, and I know that they are relishing the spoiler role this weekend.
“The guys better be ready to go physically and mentally because this will be a difficult match.” “They are looking forward to the challenge.”
In addition to the Battle of the Boulevard, Saturday is Senior Day in honor of the five seniors in the program.
The Lady Bisons will honor seniors Julianne McMeen and Kara Jackson, while the Bisons celebrate Joe McArdle, Mario Hernandez and James Murrell’s accomplishments and contributions to the program over the last four years.
Match play will begin at 10 a.m. on Satuday, followed by the second annual Lipscomb Racquet Club Block Party.
Lipscomb Tennis and Racquet Club hosts Second Annual Block Party
Following the Battle of the Boulevard match against the Bruins on Saturday, the Lipscomb tennis programs will host a free block party from 4-6 p.m., at the Huston-Marsh-Griffith Tennis Center. The second annual block party is open to students and members of the community. Head coach Andrew Harris said the event will be open to all ages and levels of ability.
"One of the great things about the sport of tennis is that no matter the age anyone can participate,” Harris said. “We will have clinics for ages from 4-7 years old all the way up through adults. Beginners, intermediates, and advanced players are welcome to come out.”
There will be prizes and giveaways throughout the afternoon as well as free refreshments.
Harris said after a positive turnout last year, they hope to see another big group come out on Saturday.
“Last year we had over 200 people from the community come enjoy the festivities, and we are looking forward to another big turnout this year as well to come and see the Lipscomb Racquet Club."
Participants are encouraged to come early and support the teams in the Battle of the Boulevard.