Women's tennis wants to finish strong at home
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
By Mark McGee
Women's tennis wants to finish strong at home

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb women’s tennis team wants to close out the home matches for the season with a pair of Atlantic Sun Conference wins.

The Lady Bisons are scheduled to play USC Upstate Thursday at 10 a.m. at Huston-Marsh-Griffith Tennis Center on the Lipscomb campus. They close out the home schedule Saturday, also at 10 a.m., when they face NJIT on “Senior Day”.

“We need to win these matches to at least put us in a position to be a No. 4 seed in the conference tournament,” Lipscomb coach Jamie Aid said. “Last week’s loss against Stetson took us out of possibly being a three seed.”

Lipscomb is 10-6, 0-3. USC Upstate is 0-17, 0-3 in the conference.

“All conference matches are tough no matter who the opponent may be,” Aid said. “No one in this conference is just going to give a match to you. We are going to have to work through moments of adversity. It is a match we are definitely not overlooking.

“Our doubles point is crucial as it usually is. We were pretty disappointed in our doubles last week in both matches. Splitting singles in a competitive match is not unusual so we need the doubles point.”

Hanna Victorsson is second overall in singles in the A-Sun 12-3. Laura Kent is third overall with a 10-3 record. Melissa Kromer is 11-4.

Kent and Kromer have teamed for a 9-4 doubles record, fourth best in the A-Sun. They are second at No. 1 doubles with an 8-4 record.

USC Upstate lost a member of the team, Sarah Vande Berg, in the fall in a car accident. Aid says there will be a moment of silence and prayer to honor her prior to the start of the match.

“Upstate has had a really hard year with the loss of a player,” Aid said. “Their coach (Dr. Oliver Trittenwein) is a great guy. We have a lot of respect for Upstate. I can’t imagine being in his shoes.”