The Lady Bisons evened their season record at 1-1 with a 4-3 loss to UT-Martin.
The Lady Bisons started off the night with some strong doubles play, but unfortunately, it was not enough to win the doubles point.
Kara Jackson and Danielle Hansen fell to Martie Wahl and Belisa De’Brito 4-8 at number one doubles.
The Lady Bisons earned a win at No. 2 doubles with Elizabeth Keevil and Mackenzie Bishop defeating Alice Laing and Jodie Tilley 8-4.
But UT-Martin stole No. 3 doubles to clinch the doubles point. Annamarie Herbold and Johanie Van Zyl beat Julianne McMeen and Carlina Jow in a tough match, ending in a tiebreaker 8-9 (7-3).
After losing the doubles point, the Lady Bisons regrouped and headed into singles play with extra determination.
Hansen came off court first, dropping her match at the number three spot to Wahl 2-6, 2-6.
Down 0-2 overall, the Lady Bisons rallied with two wins at both No. 1 and No. 2.
Bishop fought out a clutch win over Tilley at No. 1 by scores of 6-4, 6-3.
Keevil breezed through her match, beating Van Zyl 6-2, 6-1.
With the match score tied 2-2, the Lady Bisons had made up for their doubles deficit.
To take a 3-2 lead in the match, Jackson pulled through a big win at the No. 4 spot in a three-setter, defeating De’Brito 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.
Unfortunately, UT-Martin picked up their game at the bottom of their line up, taking wins at numbers at No. 5 and No. 6.
Jow fell to Herbold at No. 5 2-6, 3-6, and at the No. 6 spot, McMeen lost to Laing 0-6, 1-6.
“Obviously disappointing, but I’m optimistic about this season,” Lady Bisons coach Kristin Lusk said. “We saw definite improvement tonight, and we have a lot to build on. Keevil and Bishop played great. I’m proud of both of them for being double winners.”
The Lady Bisons play North Alabama Friday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at Whitworth Country Club.
1. Wahl/De’Brito (UTM) def. Jackson/Hansen (LU) 4-8
2. Keevil/Bishop (LU) def. Laing/Tilley (UTM) 8-4
3. Herbold/Van Zyl (UTM) def. McMeen/Jow (LU) 8-9(3)
1. Bishop (LU) def. Tilley (UTM) 6-4, 6-3
2. Keevil (LU) def. Van Zyl (UTM) 6-2, 6-1
3. Wahl (UTM) def. Hansen (LU) 6-2, 6-2
4. Jackson (LU) def. De’Brito (UTM) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
5. Herbold (UTM) def. Jow (LU) 6-2, 6-3
6. Laing (UTM) def. McMeen (LU) 6-0, 6-1
Written by Ashlan Williams, student tennis writer for the Lipscomb Sports Information Department.