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Lipscomb tennis squads close out Clemson Classic

Monday, October 07, 2013
by Shilpa Naruka

CLEMSON, S.C. – Lipscomb’s Jenny Borck won all her singles matches and finished first in her flight  this weekend at Clemson Duckworth Fall Classic.

“This group is a very hardworking group and they want to improve,” Lady Bisons coach Jamie Aid said. “They are a very coachable group.”

Deahna Welcher beat a player from Kennesaw State before moving into finals of the consolation round. Welcher ended the weekend by winning the final consolation in her flight.

“The girls played well through hard back-to-back matches,” Aid said.

Sierra Troxel won in a tie-breaker against UTC Asheville and lost to Georgia Regional University in a tie-breaker in the finals of the consolation.

Lorena Djuknic played for the third position and lost.

Melissa Kromer had to withdraw due to an injury.

“We had a great attitude,” Aid said. “The girls have improved since last weekend. “We look forward to heading back to Nashville to work hard for ITA regionals.

“We have gone 2-1 in matches with Atlantic Sun Conference teams. They implemented what we worked on this week in practice. And as a coach these are good to see in an actual match.”

Welcher and Borck won the final consolation 8-2 in doubles against Brooke/Sherrer from UNC-Asheville.

Djuknic and Troxel made it to the final consolation round but could not win against Coventry and Erikson from Wofford.

“Sierra and Lorena lost a close match against ETSU in a tie-breaker then had a great win over Charleston,” Aid said. “I was very proud of the steps forward the girls made in doubles.

 “The doubles was much more relaxed. We still have tons of room for improvement but they are seeing the benefits of aggressiveness.” 

On the men’s side Rob Mitchell advanced to the singles finals in his flight.

In singles play, junior Daniel Hernandez made it to the semifinals before losing to a player from Clemson. Hernandez finished in fourth place in the first flight.

Miguel Cortez finished in third place in the third flight in semifinals.

David Salazar fought hard against a player from Troy before conceding the match in the third set.

Stuart Tierney and John Tougher had to pull out of their matches due to injuries.

Freshman Nacor Ibanez lost his first two singles matches before making a comeback and winning a match in consolation.

In doubles play, Miguel Cortez and Stuart Tierney won the doubles title in their flight by default against a pair from Clemson.

“As a team we had a great day of success having three of the spots in the semis,” Tierney said. “Everyone did a great job at supporting one another and competing hard in all their matches. I am proud of everyone’s efforts and attitudes on the court.”

The duos of Mitchell and Tougher and Salazar and Daniel Hernandez both made it to semi-finals in doubles.

“I think it was a good day overall,” said Miguel Cortez. “Personally, it was good that Stuart and I brought good energy and played a good doubles match.”

Coach Mario Hernandez is pleased with the progress of his players this fall.

“The guys are doing a great job of coming out and competing no matter what conditions,” coach Hernandez said. “We don’t want guys that are only out here for the gear, to say that they are on the team, or just to boost their ego. We want to be a team that simply loves to work at their game whenever they have the opportunity.”