CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.- The Lipscomb women’s tennis team advanced to 3-1 on the season after defeating the University of Evansville 4-3 on the indoor courts at The McCallie School Saturday in Chattanooga.
“We are very proud of the girls tonight,” Lipscomb coach Jamie Aid said. “We played a good team with Evansville. Going in we knew our girls had to come out converting the points tonight in tough situations.”
After losing the doubles point 1-2, the Lady Bisons mounted a comeback, winning four singles and the match.
Sophomore Lorena Djuknic and freshman Sierra Troxel recorded a doubles victory tonight by defeating Marina Moreno & Mina Milovic in a close match that ended in a tiebreaker 7-6 (10-8).
“We worked together really well from the beginning to the end,” Djuknic said. “Our momentum as a team allowed us to succeed and work perfectly together to win the match.
“We have energy together and as a team today, we fed off of our individual charisma and fought for every point,” Troxel said. “And in doing that, working together, won the match.”
Junior Jenny Borck, who shares the title of team captain, added another singles victory to Lipscomb’s record after defeating UE’s Andjela Brguljan in straight sets (6-1, 6-3).
“We played really well today,” Borck said. “Everyone put everything they had on the court today. We’re a close team and today everyone was playing for each other.”
“Lorena Djuknic and Jenny Borck both had solid wins tonight,” Aid said. “They were the first off the court for us. Lorena went perfect on the night in singles and doubles. I am very proud of her fight and desire.”
Germany native Melissa Kromer, playing at No. 2 for Lipscomb, split the first two sets 6-3, 1-6 with Natasha James before grabbing the win (10-8) in a tiebreaker.
“I tried to stay within my game plan, stay consistent and use my serve and forehand,” Kromer said. “After being down 1-6 in the tiebreaker, I started to believe in myself again. I just went for the shots and put the nervousness away.”
“Melissa Kromer had a tough match against a serve and volley player,” Aid said. “It was a hard game to adapt to, however she was able to fight and finish in a tiebreak 10-8.”
In another tough singles bout, freshman Laura Kent defeated Moreno 6-3, 5-7 (11-9).
“The night came down to all eyes being upon Laura Kent, who has been in our system for about four weeks now,” Aid said. “Laura won the first set and lost the second 7-5.
“She was able to pull the tiebreaker out at 11-9 for us tonight in a pressure situation, being the only court playing.”
Djuknic stands at 3-1 in singles play this season after adding another win on Saturday. She defeated Kelsey Costales 6-1,6-1.
Playing at No. 1, Deahna Welcher fell 3-6, 6-7 (3-7) to Marketa Trousjlova.
Troxel handled the duties at No. 6 against Evansville and dropped a 1-6, 2-6 decision to Milovic.
“Deahna continues to raise her level,” Aid said. “Even though she did not have the result of a win, we saw great growth in her game.
“These girls have a great work ethic and as coaches, we set a high standard for them both on and off the court.”
The Lady Bisons will return home on Saturday Feb. 8, for a 7 p.m. tilt against North Alabama. They then will turn around and travel to Middle Tennessee State on Sunday for an early morning match at 11 a.m.
“Tomorrow our process starts over again,” Aid said. “We reset and prepare for North Alabama and MTSU. We are excited for a good week of practice.”
Lipscomb (4) vs. Evansville (3)
- James/Trousjlova (UE) def. Welcher/Borck (LU) 7-5
- Costales/Brguljan (UE) def. Kromer/ Kent (LU) 6-3
- Djuknic/ Troxel (LU) def. Moreno/Milovic (UE) 7-6 (10-8)
- Trousjlova (UE) def. Welcher (LU) 3-6, 6-7(3-7)
- Kromer (LU) def. James (UE) 6-3, 1-6 (10-8)
- Kent (LU) def. Moreno (UE) 6-3, 5-7 (11-9)
- Borck (LU) def. Brguljan (UE) 6-1, 6-3
- Djuknic (LU) def. Costales (UE) 6-1, 6-1
- Milovic (UE) def. Troxel (LU)) 1-6, 2-6