NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The goal of the Lipscomb women’s tennis team since preseason has been to return to the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament for a second year.
To reach that goal they have to defeat USC Upstate tonight in a match at the Huston-Marsh-Griffith Tennis Center beginning at 7. And then they have to come back with a victorious outing against Kennesaw State Saturday.
The Lady Bisons are 9-9 overall, 0-3 in the A-Sun. Upstate is 2-14, 0-3 in the conference.
“We feel confident in our depth against Upstate, but in a conference match anything can happen,” Aid said. “They are going to come in here with a lot of firepower.
“It is going to be a tough match. There is not an easy match in our conference.”
Laura Kent, playing the No. 3 spot, has been the most consistent singles player this season. A member of the A-Sun All-Freshman Team in 2014, Kent is 10-3 as a sophomore.
“Laura just sticks to her game plan…to what she knows and what she is good at doing,” Aid said. “She is smart on the court. She is able to adapt to different games.
“From a tennis perspective Laura understands the game. She is able to be fairly dominant in her spot on the team.”
Aid is eyeing at least one program record for her team this season. Hannah Gamage and Danielle Kinnen are undefeated in doubles play in the conference with a 3-0 record as the No. 3 team. Aid points out they form a perfect combination of power and finesse.
“They are the only undefeated doubles team in the conference,” Aid said. “Hannah has a huge serve and Dani is able to get the ball at the net. They make a pretty fun doubles team to watch.
“They beat North Florida 8-0, Florida Gulf Coast 8-4 and Stetson 8-5. They have given opposing doubles teams a lot of trouble. They have a lot of momentum and a lot of confidence.”