MURRAY, Ky. - The Lipscomb Lady Bisons tennis team looks to kick-start its 2015 season this weekend traveling to Murray, Kentucky for a double-header of matches against Alabama A&M and Murray State.
The Saturday matches will begin at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.
Murray State boasts two players in Nancy Karaky and Andrea Eskauriatza that are highly ranked nationally.
The first home match for the Lady Bisons is Feb. 6th against UT-Martin at Whitworth Country Club, before traveling to Oxford, Mississippi on February 20 to take on 25th-ranked Ole Miss.
Lipscomb will open conference play with North Florida on March 19 in Nashville.
Second year head coach Jamie Aid looks to improve upon last year’s milestone season for the Lady Bisons. In 2014, Lipscomb recorded ten wins under Aid, including an appearance in the Atlantic Sun Tournament at the season’s end. The Lady Bisons finished the season at 10-10.
As always, the goal for this season is to win a conference championship. Aid wants her team to focus on the process that they started last year and continue to improve.
“The girls want to get sixteen wins,” Aid said. “We want to focus on the here and now.”
They return five players from last year’s squad, including Deahna Welcher who will again play at the top spot for the Lady Bisons. Melissa Kromer and Laura Kent will play as the two and three seeds, respectively.
“Numbers four through eight can step up and play well,” Aid said. “Jenny Borck will anchor the lower half.”
Junior Danielle Kinnen transferred in from Eastern Kentucky last spring and has been a big help to Aid and the team.
“Dani was nominated as captain and has stepped up,” Aid said. “She’s been great for the underclassmen.”
Aid is very complimentary of her team and how close they are. Aid and her staff allowed the players to choose their theme for the season and they decided they would have an “above all” mindset. She says they do a great job of putting things above themselves, whether it’s on or off the court.
Aid is confident her team’s ability to train and prepare better than any other team. If the players continue to buy into the process and remain selfless, success on the court will take care of itself, she stressed.
Aid added, “We have the mentality of everything we can control, we control’.”