Women's tennis gains new stamina for season
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Women's tennis gains new stamina for season

Women’s tennis Coach Kristin Lusk is looking for an increase in wins this season for her Lady Bisons.

With four new freshmen, the Lady Bison are a young team with tremendous potential in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

The Lady Bison are led this season by two seniors; Olivia Ellis of Georgetown, Ky., and Raphaela Jann of Hamburg, Germany.
“My returning players all worked hard over the summer and fall,” said Coach Kristin Lusk. “I expect to see that work pay off in our spring season.”

With a disappointing season in 2008, the Lady Bisons are looking to improve with the new experience they have brought to the court.

“Obviously, it’s hard to look back at a season and see a zero next to the wins column,” said Lusk. “We had our chances last year, but we were just not able to capitalize at the right moments. My returning players have learned a lot though and it has made them stronger and work even harder this season.”

Lusk has brought four freshmen to the team. Elizabeth Keevil is from Toronto, Ontario, Canada; where she played for Malvern Collegiate Institute.

Keevil has already had a tremendous start to her collegiate career as she advanced to the finals at the Steve Baras Fall Classic this past September. Keevil lost to the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga’s Emily Hangstefer in the finals by a score of 6-3, 6-3.

“Elizabeth has so much potential and it is going to be fun to see her develop as a player,” said Lusk.

Danielle Hansen is from Zionsville, Ind., where she attended Zionsville Community High School. Hansen also has had a successful start to her collegiate tennis career.

During Austin Peay tournament this past October, Hansen won both her singles matches; defeating Alex Pyle of APSU 6-3, 6-3 and Margot van Bussell of WKU 6-3, 6-3.  Hansen also won both her doubles matches with Kara Jackson, defeating APSU 9-7 and WKU 8-6.

“Elizabeth and Danielle will see a lot of playing time this season since they got several wins this fall,” said Lusk. “They are really going to help us add some depth to the roster.”

Also coming to Lipscomb this season is Samantha Bowman and Ashlan Williams. Bowman is from Oak Ridge, Tenn., where she attended Oak Ridge High School. Williams, from Nashville, attended David Lipscomb High School.

Bowman and Williams have not seen much playing time in the preseason. They won one doubles match at the Austin Peay tournament in October.

“All of our freshmen have showed a lot of promise by transitioning well from high school to collegiate level tennis,” said Lusk. “They have transitioned so well because they share the values and work ethic of the upperclassmen.”

The Lady Bisons will begin their season on Jan. 23rd, where they will play the University of Alabama A&M in Nashville at the Whitworth Country Club. The match begins at 7 p.m.

This story was written by Caroline Price, a student assistant in the athletics media relations department.