Lady Bisons successful in opening event of fall
Monday, September 19, 2011
Lady Bisons successful in opening event of fall

MUFREESBORO, Tenn. – With every member of the squad claiming at least one win, the Lipscomb women’s tennis team returned Sunday night from a successful weekend in Murfreesboro with 14 wins under their belts at the “Middle Tennessee Shootout.” 

"The ladies did well this weekend overall,” assistant coach Jamie Aid said. “This is a fun group who showed a competitive spirit during match play. We were in every match and played good doubles for the first tournament of the season. The team will continue to work hard these next two weeks and continue to improve."

Sophomore Alyssa Bellini competed in the top bracket for the Lady Bisons, pulling out one win in her three matches.  Bellini posted a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Belmont’s Catherine Holliday after falling to Yuiri Nomoto from Middle Tennessee State, 6-2, 6-3 and Austin Peay’s Vanja Tomic 7-5, 6-4.

Freshman Jenny Borck posted two singles wins for the weekend, defeating Belmont’s Laura Stack 6-3, 6-4 and Austin Peay’s Weronika Kurka 6-3, 6-3.  Borck’s lone loss came in the first round when she fell to Memphis’ Stefanie Mikesz 6-0, 6-2.

One of the Lady Bison’s strongest performances came from freshman Deahna Welcher, who posted two wins before losing in the finals to MTSU’s Flavia Nagayama in three sets, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.  Welcher defeated Alex Croffford from Western Kentucky 6-1, 6-2 and Austin Peay’s Andra Cornea 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.

Senior Elizabeth Keevil exemplified her leadership throughout the weekend, picking up two wins for the Lady Bisons.  After winning by default in her first round match  Keevil’s lone loss came in the second round to Memphis’ Alyssa Hibberd in a 6-1, 6-3 defeat.  Keevil then went on to post wins over Belmont’s Natalia Nunes and Spenser-Anne Edwards, winning 6-2, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-1 respectively.

After losing in the first round, senior Sam Bowman recorded two wins.  Bowman was defeated by Nunes 6-3, 6-3 before Bowman went on to defeat WKU’s Morgan Freeman and Katie DiTommaso 6-3, 7-5 and 6-2, 3-6, 10-6, respectively.

Junior Carlina Jow was the only Lady Bison to post a perfect record for the weekend.  Jow posted two wins, handily shutting out DiTommaso 0 and 0 and taking down Edwards, only dropping two games.

The Lady Bisons posted two doubles wins in their eight matches, both over Western Kentucky

Bellini and Keevil teamed up to defeat Barboza and Reinfelde in a tiebreak win, 9-8 (3) while the freshman duo of Borck and Welcher took down Crofford and Mason in a solid 8-2 victory.

The Lady Bisons will return to the practice courts for two weeks of training before heading to Chattanooga, Tenn. on Friday, Sept. 30 to compete in the “UTC Steve Baras Fall Classic.”



Yuiri Nomoto (MT) def. Alyssa Bellini (LU) 6-2, 6-3

Vanja Tomic (APSU) def. Bellini (LU) 7-5, 6-4

Bellini (LU) def. Catherine Holliday (BEL) 6-3, 6-3

Stefanie Mikesz (MEM) def. Jenny Borck (LU) 6-0, 6-2

Borck (LU) def. Laura Stack (BEL) 6-3, 6-4

Borck (LU) def. Weronika Kurka (APSU) 6-3, 6-3

Deahna Welcher (LU) def. Alex Crofford (WKU) 6-1, 6-3

Welcher (LU) def. Andra Cornea (APSU) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2

Flavia Nagayama (MT) def. Welcher (LU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2

Elizabeth Keevil (LU) def. Alex Dachos (MT) default

Alyssa Hibberd (MEM) def. Keevil (LU) 6-1, 6-3

Keevil (LU) def. Natalia Nunes (BEL) 6-2, 6-0

Keevil (LU) def. Spenser-Anne Edwards (BEL) 6-0, 6-1

Natalia Nunes (BEL) def. Sam Bowman (LU) 6-3, 6-3

Bowman (LU) def. Morgan Freeman (WKU) 6-3, 7-5

Bowman (LU) def. Katie DiTommaso (WKU) 6-2, 3-6, 10-6

Carlina Jow (LU) def. Katie DiTommaso (WKU) 6-0, 6-0

Jow (LU) def. Spenser-Anne Edwards (BEL) 6-1, 6-1



Bellini/ Keevil (LU) def. Barboza/Reinfelde (WKU) 9-8 (3)

Collins/Gray (MEM) def. Bellini/Keevil (LU) 8-3

Kurka/Tomic (APSU) def. Bellini/Keevil (LU) 8-6

Borck/Welcher (LU) def. Crofford/Mason (WKU) 8-2

Bigus/Coffey (MT) def. Borck/Welcher (LU) 8-6