Aid signs "historic" class of four for women's tennis
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
By Mark McGee
Aid signs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb women’s tennis coach Jamie Aid has announced the addition of four players for the 2016-17 season.

Three of the players are transfers. One is a true freshman.

Madeleine (Maddie) Brooks is a second semester freshman from Middle Tennessee State University. She is a native of Norfolk, England. Viktoriya (Vika) Dzyuba is a sophomore transfer from the University of Pacific who comes from Kharkiv, Ukraine. Jaclyn (Jackie) Findlay is a sophomore transfer from Loyola Marmount from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Denise Buberl is a freshman from Vienna, Austria.

Aid, whose team advanced to the semifinals of the Atlantic Sun Tournament for the second year in a row in 2016, classifies this class as a “historic” one for her program in terms of national and international rankings.

“All of our girls signed this year have more aggressive styles of play,” Aid said. “All of these girls are out there to put points away. They know what shots they want to execute.

“This is the highest level tennis I.Q. class we have had. When you talk with them about their games they are very knowledgeable about themselves as players. They know their weapons. They are going to quickly elevate this program.”

Buberl’s highest national open ranking is 13th.  She was the Province Youth-Singles Champion, and Province Champion in youth and women’s doubles.  Buberl was the Semifinal Province Champion in women’s singles and the Austrian National Tournament winner in women’s singles. She advanced to the semifinals at the National Championship in women’s doubles.

“Going to America, and playing college tennis, is one of the biggest changes in my life yet,” Buberl said.

Buberl is expected to have an immediate impact on the program.

“Denise has a big, powerful game,” Aid said. “She will be able to hit anywhere in the lineup.”

Brooks was ranked in the top eight in the U18 British rankings. She was also twice runner-up in the England National Championships in doubles. She was a “Road to Wimbledon” doubles winner. She was also a champion in all age groups in the County of Norfolk.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Lipscomb and the Bison family,” Brooks said. “After speaking with coach Jamie I knew I wanted to be part of the close-knit team and the great program. I know I can help the team achieve great things and can’t wait to begin my journey at Lipscomb.”

Doubles play has been a key part of the Lady Bisons success the past three seasons and Brooks is expected to contribute there as well as in singles competition.

“Maddie is a very talented doubles player and that should have a big impact on our lineup,” Aid said. “She is a strong girl.  She could play anywhere for us in singles.”

Brooks will practice in the fall, but will not be able to compete in matches until January. She is starting classes July 5.

Findlay reached the semifinals of doubles in a level four International Tennis Federation (ITF) Tournament. She consistently ranked in the top four-to-eight players in Under 14 and Under 16 in British Columbia.

She was 0-7 at Loyola Marymount in singles and 3-2 in doubles. She has spent time training in Orange County, California since September of 2012.

Findlay is coming to school in July to start training.

“Lipscomb has strong academics, high ethics, a great location and countless opportunities to give back to the community,” Findlay said. “I am very excited to be joining Lipscomb’s highly-competitive tennis team with the guidance of their dedicated and supportive coaches and mentors. I am thankful to be joining such a special university that is truly invested in each of its students.”

Dzyuba was a First Team All-West Coast Conference selection and was honorable mention in doubles as the No. 1 player for Pacific. She posted a 14-2 record in singles, losing to Louisa Stefani of Pepperdine, the No. 2-ranked ITA player, and Marta Stojanovic from San Diego. Teamed with Anneroos Nederstigt she finished with a 9-5 record in doubles.

Dzyuba won her first four matches of her collegiate career. Her longest win streak was eight matches. She climbed into the ITA national rankings in late February ranked 94 in the country. 

By the age of 17, she had already won the Ukrainian Championship under 18 in singles and mixed doubles twice. Playing in ITF matches, she was ranked as high as 328 in the world as a junior player.

“Vika had an incredible freshman season,” Aid said. “She is a great girl. She wants to work hard. She elevates the level of our program very quickly.”

Dzyuba is a longtime friend of Lipscomb sophomore tennis player Katerina (Kate) Kandyba. Both Dzyuba and Kandyba will be on campus for the rest of the summer to work out.

“I am very excited to be a part of Lipscomb women’s tennis team,” Dzyuba said. “I believe that Lipscomb’s coaches will help me to achieve high results in the A-Sun Cconference, and I will find my second family away from home. It will be another unique experience for me and I think it will bring a lot of happiness and excitement in my life.”