Putting up a tough fight, the Lady Bisons could not pull out the doubles point.
At No. 1 doubles, Elizabeth Keevil and Mackenzie Bishop dropped their match to Lazaro and Camberos 8-2.
Kara Jackson and Danielle Hansen came back to win a close match at No. 2, pulling out an 8-7 win in the tiebreaker over Valderrama and Bello.
Julianne McMeen and Carlina Jow could not quite find their rhythm, losing at No. 3 to Cacciuttolo and Milovanovic 8-0.
After going 2-1 in doubles and losing the doubles point, the Lady Bisons entered into singles, hoping to edge past USC-Upstate’s advantage.
At No. 2, Keevil lost to Cacciuttolo 6-1, 6-1, bringing the match score to 2-0 in favor of USC-Upstate.
Shortly following that match, Bishop came off the No. 1 court after falling to Valderrama 6-0, 6-4.
Hansen could not pull out the win against Bello. Losing 6-1, 6-4 at No. 3, Lipscomb was now down 4-0, allowing USC-Upstate to clinch the match.
Jackson played a close match at No. 4, but the win went in favor of USC-Upstate’s Lazaro with a score of 6-4, 6-3.
At No. 5, Jow played tough but unfortunately did not get the win, falling to Camberos 6-2, 6-2.
The Bisons found their lone win at No. 6 in the hands of junior transfer Julianne McMeen. McMeen made a solid showing, easily winning her match 6-2, 6-2, adding her first A-Sun conference win to her record.
The final match score was 6-1.
“Overall a tough weekend,” said coach Kristin Lusk. “It's not how we wanted to start conference, but we've got plenty of matches left. We are going to do a few things differently at practice this week and go from there.”
The Lady Bisons next match will be at the University of Jacksonville on Friday, March 12 as they head to Florida for spring break to continue their conference play.
1. Lazaro/ Camberos (USCU) def. Keevil/ Bishop (LU) 8-2
2. Jackson/ Hansen (LU) def. Valderrama/ Bello (USCU) 8-7
3. Cacciuttolo/ Milovanovic (USCU) def. McMeen/ Jow (LU) 8-0
1. Valderrama (USCU) def. Mackenzie Bishop (LU) 6-0, 6-4
2. Cacciuttolo (USCU) def. Elizabeth Keevil (LU) 6-1, 6-1
3. Bello (USCU) def. Danielle Hansen (LU) 6-1, 6-4
4. Lazaro (USCU) def. Kara Jackson (LU) 6-4, 6-3
5. Camberos (USCU) def. Carlina Jow (LU) 6-2, 6-2
6. Julianne McMeen (LU) def. Estupiñan (USCU) 6-2, 6-2
Written by Ashlan Williams, student assistant in sports information.