MARTIN, Tenn. – The Lipscomb women’s tennis team posted strong results this weekend when they competed in the “Rock ‘N Roll Tournament” hosted by Tennessee-Martin. The Lady Bisons were led by freshman Deahna Welcher, who went undefeated in both singles and doubles.
"Seeing how our ladies came out today was encouraging coming off last weekend’s ITA Regionals,” head coach Andrew Harris said. “Deahna and Alyssa have seemed to find some rhythm in doubles which is great to see towards the end of the fall.
“Overall, I think the weekend was good. We're definitely getting a little more consistency on the doubles side and singles is coming along as well. “
Welcher and sophomore partner Alyssa Bellini posted two doubles wins for the weekend, taking down Southeast Missouri State’s Elizabeth Nyenwe and Nikole Novikoa 8-5 before going on to defeat UT Martin’s Anna Winkelmann and Katie McCall 9-7.
Welcher led the way in singles, recording three wins, including one 6-0, 6-0 shutout against North Alabama’s Ashley Alfonso. Welcher also defeated UNA’s Melissa Martin 6-3, 6-4. Her third win came against UT Martin’s Anna Marie Herbold in a 6-4, 6-3 victory.
Freshman Jenny Borck also went undefeated in singles play, recording two wins for the Lady Bisons.
Borck handily defeated Southeast Missouri’s Jess Courtnell with a solid score of 6-2, 6-2 before going on to take down Nyenwe in a three-set tie-breaker, pulling out a 6-3, 5-7, 10-7 victory.
Borck and senior Sam Bowman went 2-3 in their doubles matches, only losing to UNA’s Mackenzie Bishop and Teresa Franco 8-0. The duo took down UT Martin’s Winkelmann and partner Alice Laing 9-7 and Jessica Silva and Herbold 8-2.
Bowman fell in both of her singles matches, losing to SEMO’s Martin and Courtnell, 6-1, 6-3 and 6-1, 6-1 respectively.
Bellini also fell in all three of her singles matches. Bellini was defeated by UT Martin’s Ivon Simic 6-4, 6-4, UNA’s Victoria Rees 6-3, 6-1 and SEMO’s Nikole Novikova 6-0, 7-5.
The women will take this week to prepare for their final fall tournament this coming weekend at Vanderbilt.
Borck/ Bowman (LIP) def. Anna Winkelmann/ Alice Laing (UTM) 9-7
Mackenzie Bishop/ Teresa Franco (UNA) def. Borck/ Bowman (LIP) 8-0
Borck/ Bowman (LIP) def. Jessica Silva/ Herbold (UTM) 8-2
Welcher/ Bellini (LIP) def. Elizabeth Nyenwe/ Nikole Novikova (SEMO) 8-5
Welcher/ Bellini (LIP) def. Winkelmann/ Katie McCall (UTM) 9-7
Ivon Simic (UTM) def. Alyssa Bellini (LIP) 6-4, 6-4
Victoria Rees (UNA) def. Bellini (LIP) 6-3, 6-1
Nikole Novikova (SEMO) def. Bellini (LIP) 6-0, 7-5
Deahna Welcher (LIP) def. Anna Marie Herbold (UTM) 6-4, 6-3
Welcher (LIP) def. Ashley Alfonso (UNA) 6-0, 6-0
Welcher (LIP) def. Melissa Martin (UNA) 6-3, 6-4
Jenny Borck (LIP) def. Jess Courtnell (SEMO) 6-2, 6-2
Borck (LIP) def. Elizabeth Nyenwe (SEMO) 6-3, 5-7, 10-7
Melissa Martin (SEMO) def. Sam Bowman (LIP) 6-1, 6-3
Jess Courtnell (SEMO) def. Bowman 6-1, 6-1