NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb women’s tennis team fell 5-2 to Southern Illinois on Tuesday at Huston-Marsh-Griffith Tennis Center.
The Lady Bisons recorded two singles and one doubles win against SIU in the first home outdoor match of the season.
“Even though the girls fell short today I feel like there were positive lessons rolling into conference,” said Lipscomb tennis coach Jamie Aid.
At No.3 Lorena Djuknic and Sierra Troxel recorded the only doubles win for Lipscomb against SIU’s Polina Dozortseva and Aridana Baza with the score of 8-4.
“It was a great doubles match from Lo and Si,” Aid said. “We are up at both the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. We need to do better job closing.”
Junior Jenny Borck played consistent and with variation in shots to down SIU’s Polina Dozortseva at No. 4 in singles (3-6, 6-4, 12-10).
At No. 3 singles, freshman Laura Kent defeated SIU’s Meagan Monaghan. (6-3,7-5).
Lady Bisons lost at the No. 1, No. 2, No. 5, and No. 6 positions in singles.
“We are running at about 50 percent with girls sick and on medicine,” Aid said. “They fought through some adversity fairly well.
“The biggest thing we want to learn and grow from today is being willing to be O.K. with tight matches. This group wants to win. They are young and we have been able to grow from every match.”
Lady Bisons will be entering Atlantic Sun Conference and play at Mercer on Friday, March 14 in Macon, Ga.
“All the girls feel very excited about conference,” Aid said. “We feel prepared. We should be over a few illnesses by the Mercer match and running at 100 percent.”
The girls are being encouraged by coaches to reset after every match.
“The biggest reset is always between non-conference play and conference,” Aid said.
The Lady Bisons are 6-4 this season.
“We will make sure our team is ready for Friday,” Aid said. “I have great amount of trust in our captains to help prepare this group.”
1.Natasha Tomishima (SIU) def. Deahna Welcher (Lip) 7-5, 6-1
2. Anita Lee def. (SIU) def. Melissa Kromer (Lip) 7-5, 6-0
3. Laura Kent (Lip) def. Meagan Monaghan (SIU) 6-3, 7-5
4. Jenny Borck (Lip) def. Polina Dozortseva (SIU) 3-6, 6-4, 12-10
5. Aridana Cario Baza (SIU) def. Lorena Djuknic (Lip) 6-1, 7-6 (3)
6. Gisela Cario Baza (SIU) def. Sierra Troxel (Lip) 6-1, 6-1
Tomishima/ Monaghan (SIU) def. Welcher/Borck (Lip) 8-6
Korey Love / Lee (SIU) def. Kromer/ Kent (Lip) 8-6
Djuknic/ Troxel (Lip) def. Dozortseva/ A. Baza (SIU) 8-4