BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The tennis season is beginning a little earlier than originally planned by the Lipscomb Lady Bisons.
A fall tournament was cancelled at Memphis that was scheduled for October and coach Jamie Aid filled the void with a trip to Indiana for the Hoosier Classic Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Joining Lipscomb in the field are Cincinnati, Western Michigan, SIUE and Wright State.
“We try to pick tournaments with dual formats where you can play three doubles and six singles matches so everybody can get on the court in that environment,” Aid said. “In the fall it is about individuals and rankings. In the spring it is about the team. It is a pretty short snapshot in the fall from early September to early November.
“The ITA regionals are really important to us in the fall so we will taper workouts off like we would for a spring match to help them be as ready as possible. But usually during the fall we just push through each day getting them in shape and getting everybody going.”
Aid will have an opportunity to get a look at several new players – freshman Denise Buberl and sophomores Jaclyn Findlay and Vika Dzyuba.
“This weekend will be a good test for us,” Aid said. “I haven’t seen Denise play except in practice. She has been striking the ball great. Vika needs to play some solid matches before she goes out to the ITA All-American Tournament in California.at the Riviera Tennis Club.”
Madeleine Brooks, a freshman, will not be eligible until January. Returning senior Hanna Victorsson is sidelined until November. Hannah Gamage, a junior, will be playing only in doubles matches this weekend.
Aid is impressed with the new additions.
“They are all great ball strikers,” Aid said. “In terms of team dynamics they have fit in really well. They are all nice girls.
“It is nice to have that balance of girls wanting to do the right things both on and off of the court. They want to take it to the next level.”
Aid has high expectations for her team this season and ranks it as the most talented group she has assembled.
“It is a different environment on court and what you are coaching them to do,” Aid said. “The past couple of years the girls worked hard, we had a lot of energy and we really focused on the doubles point. This year the girls have been coming to practice and working because they want to get better.
“They take it to a different I.Q, level with what we are trying to accomplish on the court. This is the most talented group we have had through and through. We have a great bunch of girls.”