JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Entering last season, the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament was the goal for the Lipscomb women’s tennis team. Entering this season, it was an expectation. Not only did they make it back to the tournament, but they also hold the fourth seed.
“Last year we kind of danced around just because we were there,” coach Jamie Aid said. “This year, it’s about sitting them down and going over the mentality it takes to get to the semi-finals and get to the championship.”
The Lady Bisons (12-9, 3-3) will start this year’s tournament run on Friday morning as they hit the court against fifth seeded Northern Kentucky (6-14, 1-5) at 10:30 in Jacksonville at the North Florida Tennis Complex.
The Lady Bisons defeated Northern Kentucky last weekend to cap off their run of three consecutive 6-1 wins over conference opponents.
However, Aid wants her team to prepare like Northern Kentucky is an opponent they haven’t seen yet.
“In the conference tournament, every team has some new life to them,” Aid said.
The Lady Bisons peaked at the perfect time with their on-court play, but Aid is focusing on the mental aspect as they head into the weekend.
“One of the hardest things to do is peak at conference tournament and we have this year,” Aid said. “They’re playing great tennis. It really comes down to what’s between the ears.
“At some point, the game of tennis takes you so far. It’s how you understand that game within your game. We’ve use the phrase ‘owning your game’.”
As they enter Friday’s match, Aid wants her team to continue in what has got them to this point.
“We’re telling them what we’ve been telling them all season,” Aid said. “The willingness for our girls to leave it all on the court is really what we’ve been preaching. They’ve bought into that thought process. Our girls understand what we mean by saying 100 percent.
“We’ll go into Northern Kentucky asking our girls to leave it all on the court. We are ssking them to have fun and enjoy what they do and enjoy it with a group of girls that they really enjoy being around.”
- The Lady Bisons achieved 12 wins for the first time in program history.
- The Lady Bisons won the doubles point in all five of their final five matches.
- The Lady Bisons have the past two Atlantic Sun Conference Players of the Week in sophomore Laura Kent and senior Deahna Welcher.
- Welcher is 4-2 in conference play as the two seed in singles, second best in the conference from that position.
- Kent is 4-1 in conference play as the three seed in singles, second best in the conference from that position.
- Hannah Gamage and Danielle Kinnen have the second best win percentage in doubles conference play, with a 5-1 record.