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Aid building depth for women's tennis
Thursday, September 17, 2015
By Mark McGee
Aid building depth for women's tennis

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb women’s tennis coach Jamie Aid will use the Governor’s Invite Friday and Saturday at Austin Peay to one again take a long look at her two freshmen.

Newcomers Thabile Tshatedi and Katerina Kandyba are scheduled to play. Also making the trip will be senior Lorena Djuknic and sophomore Kathryn Evans.

Rounding out the tournament are Murray State and Belmont. The tournament starts Friday at 9 a.m.

“We are getting over some hiccups with some injuries so we are only taking four,” Aid said.

Tshatedi and Kandyba lived up to their billing in their first outing last weekend at the Miami (Ohio) Invitational.

“Kate has a powerful serve,” Aid said. “Tabby has a huge forehand.

“Kate (6-foot-2), with her size, is able to move into the net and be aggressive. They are good players. We were happy with their level of play.”

Aid, however, wants them to be better with the basics such as their foot work and decision making.

“At the end of the day freshmen are freshmen,” Aid said. “They were nervous for the first match but they did gain confidence throughout the weekend.

“They both have weapons on the court which is nice. They will both have an impact in our lineup in both singles and doubles. We are playing them together as a doubles team again this week.”

Xavier and Miami, two of the opponents in the first week, are top 100 teams. Butler is on a par with Lipscomb in terms of ranking.

“Our goal is to compete for rankings this year,” Aid. “It was nice to see we were right there with those teams especially with two girls out who played last year. It showed our depth.

“We are going to maximize the depth of our roster. That has always been one of our goals to be able to use depth as a strength.”

Djuknic and Evans were 2-0 in doubles at Miami (Ohio). With eight players on the roster, all with the ability to contribute, Aid plans to put the best group of six on the court in each match.

“If someone is at 80 percent of their capacity from an injury standpoint there is no need to play them,” Aid said. “We have been mixing and matching doubles teams.

“The freshmen looked good together. Kathryn and Lorena were 2-0. Laura Kent and Dani Kinnen had never played together so that was good to see.”

The Lady Bisons will be on their home court at the Huston-Marsh-Griffith Tennis Center for the Bison Invite Sept. 25-26.