Lady Bisons drop 5-2 tennis match to WKU
Saturday, February 6, 2016
By Todd Lamberth
Lady Bisons drop 5-2 tennis match to WKU

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Lipscomb women’s tennis team took a 5-2 loss against Western Kentucky Friday night at the Whitworth Tennis Center.

The Lady Bisons are 1-2 for the season.

Western Kentucky took the doubles point with 6-4 wins in the one and two spots.

The Lipscomb team of Lorena Djuknic and Kathryn Evans was able to pull out a 6-1 win in the third seeded doubles matchup.

“I felt like we had opportunities at both one and two doubles to take the doubles point,” Lipscomb head coach Jamie Aid said.

In singles play, the Lady Bisons were forced to move things around as top-seeded Hannah Gamage was pulled due to illness. Lipscomb was still able to keep singles play close, winning two matches and forcing two matches into third sets.

In the two spot, Laura Kent took the first set on Elpida Malamou 6-1 before eventually falling 1-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Melissa Kromer moved up to the fourth seed and pulled out a win over Beatriz Gutierrez Cerezo 5-7, 7-5, 6-4.

Kathryn Evans moved into singles play and picked up a 6-3, 6-2 win over Cassie Pennington as the sixth seed.

“Difficult night tonight,” Aid said. “We had to dig into our depth chart and we came up short.”

Despite the loss and the unexpected challenge the match showed, Aid still drew positives from the night.

“It was a great match in terms of playing through some adversity, battling being sick in certain spots and competing in tough situations,” Aid said. “We haven’t had to respond to adversity yet and it was good to see how we responded.

“I think we could have responded better. It’s early in the season and we will be working on some items.”

The Lady Bisons hope to recover and be able to get their whole team healthy and on the court soon. Senior Danielle Kinnen has missed some time due to a muscle strain.

“Our goal this week is to take care of ourselves and become healthy,” Aid said.

The Lady Bisons will turnaround to host Alabama-Huntsville on Sunday night at 7. As the season rolls on, Aid isn’t worried about her teams drive to improve.

“Our girls continue to be motivated, willing to learn and most importantly, willing to work.”

Final Results

Nashville, Tenn.

Western Kentucky 5 – Lipscomb 2

Doubles:

  1. Elpida Malamou/Andreanna Christopoulou (WKU) def. Laura Kent/Melissa Kromer (LIP) 6-4
  2. Tereza Hejlova/Violetta Shatalova (WKU) def. Hanna Victorsson/Hannah Gamage (LIP) 6-4
  3. Lorena Djuknic/Kathryn Evans (LIP) def. Gabby Crofford/Beatriz Gutierrez Cerezo (WKU) 6-1

Singles:

  1. Tereza Hejlova (WKU) def. Katerina Kandyba (LIP) 6-4, 6-2
  2. Elpida Malamou (WKU) def. Laura Kent (LIP) 1-6, 6-4, 7-5
  3. Andreanna Christopoulou (WKU) def. Hanna Victorsson (LIP) 6-2, 6-3
  4. Melissa Kromer (LIP) def. Beatriz Gutierrez Cerezo (WKU) 5-7, 7-5, 6-4
  5. Violetta Shatalova (WKU) def. Lorena Djuknic (LIP) 6-3, 6-3
  6. Kathryn Evans (LIP) def. Cassie Pennington (WKU) 6-3, 6-2