Dzyuba earns ITA tennis honors
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
By Mark McGee
Dzyuba earns ITA tennis honors

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb’s Viktoriya “Vika” Dzyuba has been named to the Oracle ITA Division I Women’s National Singles Rankings list.

Dzyuba is ranked 95th among collegiate players. The International Tennis Association announced the rankings this week.

Dzyuba, a sophomore from the Ukraine, is a transfer this season from Pacific. She is the first Lipscomb tennis player to be named to the rankings list.

Dzyuba will travel to Pacific Palisades, California Oct. 4 for the Riviera Women’s All-American Tennis Championships at the Riviera Tennis Club in the qualifying singles bracket. Dzyuba is the first Lipscomb player to qualify for this honor.

“I am very proud of Vika,” Lipscomb coach Jamie Aid said. “During the recruiting process Vika and I discussed in depth our mutual goals with national rankings both individually and as a program. She will be playing against the elite of the elite of college tennis.

“She is an extremely hard worker and desires to be the best she can be not only for herself but for the team. Vika has the passion and talent to be one of the best players in the nation. It's a true joy to work with athletes that are as humble as Vika. She is very deserving of such recognition.”

Aid’s program has been known for a series of firsts. The last three seasons the Lady Bisons have qualified for the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament. The past two seasons they have advanced to the semifinals.

In 2016 the Lady Bisons were 14-8, 3-3 in the conference. The 14 wins were the most in the history of the program in a season in the NCAA era.

 Aid approaches year four with a goal of continuing to reach new levels of success.

“This marks our first national ranking for our program as well as having a player selected for the ITA All-American Tournament,” Aid said. “We are one of three mid-majors on the list joining Pepperdine and Long Beach State. Our goal is to be a nationally-recognized program and we are moving in the right direction.”