Seniors stepping up for women's tennis
Sunday, September 27, 2015
By Mark McGee
Seniors stepping up for women's tennis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The matches of fall are pointing to a prosperous spring for the Lipscomb women’s tennis team.

Over the weekend, at the often rain-interrupted Bisons Invite at Huston-Marsh-Griffith Tennis Center, the Lady Bisons beat Austin Peay 3-2 and Belmont 5-2. They lost 1-6 to Western Kentucky.

“It was nice to be in town this weekend despite the rain,” Lipscomb women’s coach Jamie Aid said. “We were proud of our girls with how they handled adversity through weather and mild injuries.

“We played six of our girls with two main starters out of the lineup. Again, we saw the depth of our team throughout this weekend.”

Several players stepped up. Senior Lorena Djuknic won 6-0, 6-4 in the No. 5 spot for the only win for Lipscomb against Western Kentucky. She posted an 8-1 victory at the No. 6 spot against Belmont. Djuknic and Kathryn Evans won 6-0 at No.2 against Austin Peay.

“This fall Lorena has performed very well on court throughout the fall,” Aid said. “She is playing great tennis that is mature. We are excited for her.”

Senior Melissa Kromer teamed with Laura Kent to win 6-0 in doubles against Austin Peay and joined Djuknic for a 6-2 win over Belmont. Kromer, playing for the first time this fall, picked up a 6-4, 6-2 singles win at No. 3 against Austin Peay. She won 8-2 at No. 3 in the match with Belmont.

“Melissa played very well this weekend, despite a hard tie break loss to Western Kentucky,” Aid said.

Senior Dani Kinnen won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4 in a match with Austin Peay. Kinnen and Kent won at No. 1 doubles 6-1 in the Belmont match.

“Dani is playing the best tennis we have seen her play,” Aid said. “We are making sure she is as healthy as possible for the spring, so she did not play all weekend.”

The fact the seniors are stepping up is giving Aid high hopes for the spring season.

“We are very proud of our seniors,” Aid said. “We discuss culture everyday with our girls.

“Our seniors understand that they have a great opportunity to impact the culture of Lipscomb women's tennis and are leading this team”

Sophomore Hannah Gamage has not played in a match this fall as she prepares for a strong spring season. With eight players on the roster Aid has the depth to put the healthiest six players on the court for each match.

“Our main goal is to have this group strong and healthy,” Aid said. “They are a great group of girls that have a desire to do something special.

“As a coaching staff we have had to keep them focused on the moment, not the long term goal. This group is driven, no doubt. Their fault is placing too much pressure on themselves. Having the girls understanding the process and being focused on each day I think will help the pressure they are placing on themselves. “

Next weekend the Lady Bisons travel to Birmingham, Alabama for another dual with Samford, South Alabama and UAB. This will be our last dual tournament this fall.