NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It is not the weekend that was first planned and it isn’t the team they originally scheduled, but it is still the spring season opener for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons tennis team.
Friday night at 7 the Lady Bisons will face Harding University at the Whitworth Racquet Club on 405 Elmington Avenue. Harding was a late addition to the schedule.
It is also the season opener for Harding, an NCAA Division II program. Harding is led by junior Piper Huey with 38 career singles victories. She is ranked No. 17 in the ITA Central Region singles rankings
“I am glad that Harding was able to make a trip to Nashville on short notice,” Lipscomb tennis coach Jamie Aid said. “We have historically played very well at our home indoor facility.
“We are currently at 10 – 2 indoors at home over the last two years. I look for the girls to have energy Friday night and enjoy playing with each other in front of our home fans. This week we have worked hard with point construction strategy. I'm excited to see them execute what we have been discussing all week.”
The roster features three seniors – Lorena Djuknic, Danielle Kinnen and Melissa Kromer. Laura Kent and newcomer Hanna Victorsson are juniors. Kathryn Evans and Hannah Gamage are sophomores. Thabile Tshatedi and Katerine Kandyba are freshmen.
Victorsson was added to the roster at the start of the spring semester after transferring from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
“I’m very excited to put this group on the court as we kick off the 2016 season, “ Aid said. “We had some unfortunate weather last weekend that postponed our first weekend of play.
“We will be able to see our entire roster play this weekend to really see the depth of our roster. We hope to capitalize on our depth this season.”
The Lady Bisons will hit the road Sunday to play the University of Tennessee at the McCallie School in Chattanooga at 1 p.m. The match was postponed last weekend due to the snow that blanketed most of the state.
“UT is ranked 62nd nationally going into this week and I hope to see a competitive showing from our girls,” Aid said. “UT has a large roster of freshmen that are playing. As you move down our roster our upper classmen are playing some very important positions that should allow us to compete very hard against UT.
“This is a group of hard working girls. They have made a conscious decision this semester to put the team first and our seniors are so motivated to move our program forward. This is the most motivated team that I have coached at Lipscomb.”