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Men's tennis heads to "Rocky Top" to start fall season

Friday, September 16, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Lipscomb men’s tennis team will kick off their fall season this weekend when they travel to Knoxville to compete in the “Tennessee Fall Invitational” hosted by the University of Tennessee.

Lipscomb will be competing against several ranked schools and head coach Andrew Harris and assistant coach Mike Sherman hope to see their team elevate their play against these opponents, particularly in doubles play.

“At the Tennessee tournament this year, the coaching staff is excited to see how the men’s team will do after seeing improvement from last season,” Sherman said.  “After performing poorly in doubles last season, expectations are higher this year after many players have worked to improve that facet of their game.”

With a fairly young team, the coaches also hope to see players step up into leadership positions.

“For this tournament and the rest of the fall season, Coach Harris and I are also looking for improvement in leadership skills from many of the older players,” Sherman said.  “This fall season will be the toughest schedule the men’s team has faced since moving to Division I, and we as a staff are looking for leaders to step up to the challenge.”

The men signed two new freshmen during the offseason with hopes of adding more depth to their roster as they continue to improve their program.

Stuart Tierney, a freshman from Hillsboro, Ore.,, and Texan Daniel Hernandez both bring an array of different strengths to the men’s roster.

“Stuart Tierney brings a new level of athleticism to the Bisons with his great speed, big forehand and powerful serve,” Sherman said.  “He already has many pieces of the puzzle that few other freshman possess, which will serve him well in his collegiate career. Coach Harris and I cannot wait to see how he develops mentally and physically over the next four years.

“Daniel Hernandez comes from a great legacy of Texas players the Bisons have had over the last several years. He relies on his penetrating backhand and aggressive strokes to put the pressure on opponents early. Like Stuart, when he develops the physical side of his game more fully, he will be an extremely dangerous player in the Atlantic Sun.”

The Bisons begin competition in the “Tennessee Fall Invitational” Friday morning and will return to Nashville on Sunday.