CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Lipscomb Lady Bisons failed to win a match, but they were far from down after dropping a 7-0 decision to Tennessee Sunday afternoon.
The Lady Bisons closed out their opening weekend with a 1-1 record. They lost to the Volunteers on neutral ground at the McCallie School in Chattanooga.
“Despite the score I think we saw a lot of positives from today as a program,” Lipscomb coach Jamie Aid said. “The biggest take away from today was that our girls left motivated and believing we can be at the level our coaching staff is challenging them to be at this season.”
Each of the past two seasons the Lady Bisons have reached a new level of competition. Two years ago they made their first appearance in the Atlantic Sun Tournament. Last year they advanced to the semifinals for the first time. This season the goal is the tournament finals and a conference championship.
“We have to remember that what our girls are trying to accomplish this year is to take a program to a place it has never been,” Aid said. “As a staff we have to be very intentional with our words to our girls, so they understand the importance of this process.
“There is no easy way to be successful. We have to be process-minded and willing to work. The theme of our week is `be in the moment!’ We had a growing moment today with our mentality and our belief elevated today, thus I would expect our play to do the same this week.”
The Lady Bisons are 1-1. Tennessee moved to 3-1 with the victory.
“These girls all fought today,” Aid said. “It is Just a great group. I can't say enough about this team and how they are working.
“You looked up and down the court today and you couldn't tell if we were up or down. The positive energy that we are working on in practice is transitioning to matches.”
In doubles play the No. 2 of Hanna Victorsson and Hannah Gamage and the No. 3 team of fell Lorena Djuknic and Kathryn Evans each fell 6-4.
“We saw our competitiveness in doubles,” Aid said. “We started doubles great and should have completed that point. I think our ability to win our doubles point will be big for our team this year and I was really encouraged this early in the season
“Kathryn Evans and Lorena Djuknic were up 4-1. UT capitalized on us playing a bit more conservative. Hanna Victorsson and Hannah Gamage looked great. They were right there the entire match, but again needed make better moves at the net.”
Aid was pleased with the way Melissa Kromer and Laura Kent finished their doubles match.
“They played much better towards the end,” Aid said. “They had a tough competitor at #1 and unfortunately their game plan didn't fully come together till the end. I think our ability to win our doubles point will be big for our team this year and I was really encouraged this early in the season.”
Lipscomb vs. Tennessee (0-7)
At McCallie School
- Sadie Hammond-Eve Repic (UT) def. Melissa Kromer-Laura Kent (LU), 6-2
- C. Meredith-Kim Kermet (UT) def. Hanna Victorsson-Hannah Gamage (LU), 6-4
- Tiffany Tavares-Ashlee Boles (UT) def. Lorena Djuknic-Kathryn Evans (LU), 6-4
- Hammond (UT) def. Gamage (LU), 6-1, 6-1
- Kermit (UT) def. Kate Kandyba (LU), 6-0, 6-2
- Meredith (UT) def. Kent (LU), 7-6, 6-1
- Repic (UT) def. Victorsson (LU), 6-3, 6-1
- Brittany Lindl (UT) def. Kromer, 6-1, 6-5
- Tavares (UT) def. Djuknic (LU), 6-3, 6-0