Three seniors to be honored by women's tennis
Friday, April 8, 2016
By Mark McGee
Three seniors to be honored by women's tennis

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  – Three members of the Lipscomb women’s tennis team will be playing in matches on their home court for the last time this weekend.

Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m. the Lady Bisons will face Atlantic Sun foe NJIT at Huston-Marsh-Griffith Tennis Center on the Lipscomb campus.

 Lorena Djuknic, Dani Kinnen and Melissa Kromer will be honored by their coaches and teammates for their service to the program during “Senior Day” festivities.

Lipscomb is 11-6, 1-3. NJIT is 4-13, 0-4 in the conference.

They have been part of several historic feats for women’s tennis. During the spring 2014 season they were part of the first Lipscomb women’s tennis team to win 10 matches in a season since becoming an NCAA Division I team. They also made the program’s first trip to the Atlantic Sun Tournament.

In the spring of 2015 they advanced to the semifinals of the A-Sun Tournament. The 13 victories are a new season record.

All three came to Lipscomb from other countries. Djuknic is from Zagreb, Croatia. Kinnen is from Edinburgh, Scotland. Kromer is from Mahlberg, Germany.

When Aid moved from assistant coach to head coach for the 2013-14 season Djuknic and Kromer were sophomores. Kinnen was a transfer for the 2014-2015 season.

“Lorena really exemplifies what our program is about…how she treats her teammates and how well she does academically,” Aid said. “Lorena is a very selfless person who has given this program a whole lot. Just having her character around on a daily basis raises the level for our girls.

“She has always bought into the program and that is what you want when you are building a program. Lorena has really done that well in terms of treating our program like a family. With so many players so far away from home we want the team to be a tight-knit family.”

Kinnen came to Lipscomb from Eastern Kentucky University and has played No. 6 singles for the past two years. This season she has teamed with Hannah Gamage at No. 2 doubles.

“Dani is a ball of fire on the court,” Aid said. “It feels like she has been here for four years. She is able to lead the group.

“She has been the voice of the team which is not something you usually see from a transfer. Dani has been the bridge between the team and the coaches. She is always in the office asking what can be done and what she can do better.”

Kromer has excelled both in the classroom and on the court. Kromer has played this season at No. 5 singles and No.1 doubles with Laura Kent.

Kromer was A-Sun Women’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2015. She was also a member of the A-Sun All-Academic Team last season. She joined Djuknic as an International Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athlete.

“Melissa has been successful at No. 5,” Aid said. “Melissa is an aggressive-style player which I like.”

 “It is a matter of getting players in a positon to be successful. She has been able to own the fifth spot.”