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Women's tennis out to break Florida jinx
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
By Mark McGee
Women's tennis out to break Florida jinx

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Lipscomb women’s tennis team hopes to alter history this week.

The Lady Bisons are scheduled to play North Florida Thursday at 1 p.m. Saturday they travel to DeLand to face Stetson. Lipscomb has never beaten a Florida-based team from the Atlantic Sun Conference.

North Florida has dominated the series with an overall 9-0 record.

Lipscomb coach Jamie Aid does not address either situation with her team.

“UNF is a tough opponent,” Aid said. “They are one of the better programs in our conference right now.

“We will be focusing on the doubles point again and trying to execute well. We will go out and play the best we can. “

Being more comfortable in doubles play is something Aid has been addressing with her team. Despite not winning the point against Florida Gulf Coast March 24, Aid thought it was the best performance overall this season by her doubles teams.

“We have to be more comfortable at the net,” Aid said. “That is something we have been working on with the girls.

“They have to be aggressive at the net. I thought our girls came out and did really well being aggressive, being on the net and holding serve.”

North Florida is riding a three-game winning streak including wins on the road at NJIT and USC Upstate.

Lipscomb is 10-4, 0-1 in the A-Sun with a 5-2 loss to Florida Gulf Coast. The Ospreys are 7-5 overall, 2-0 in the conference.

Melissa Kromer has won 11 matches, tops in the conference. She is 8-1 at No.5 singles. She has teamed with Laura Kent at No. 1 doubles to produce an 8-2 record, also the best in the A-Sun.

“We started great against FGCU, but started backing down when we felt comfortable in a match,” Aid said. “We have been talking all season long about the depth of the team. Our depth should be a huge advantage for us.

“The girls are in good spirits. Everyone is healthy this week. They are in a good frame of mind.”