Women's tennis plays best opening fall match ever
Sunday, September 18, 2016
By Mark McGee
Women's tennis plays best opening fall match ever

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Lipscomb women’s tennis team has recorded a number of first during the past three spring seasons, but this weekend they put together their best first fall tournament.

Due to injuries Lipscomb had four singles players and two doubles teams participating.

Vika Dzyuba had a strong debut for the Lady Bisons as she went undefeated and won the main draw at the Hoosier Classic. Lipscomb coach Jamie Aid said it is the first time a Lipscomb player has won a main draw in her coaching tenure.

“For us as a program the fall is so process-oriented,” Aid said. “As a staff we believe results are a by-product to that process. Our girls are doing a terrific job understanding that process and taking ownership.”

In the championship match Dzyuba beat Tracy Kuhle of Western Michigan 6-2, 6-4.

“Vika went undefeated this weekend in singles and doubles winning the top flight in singles,” Aid said. “She teamed up with Denise Buberl for one doubles match, an 8-6 win against Denise Azcui and Kuhle.”

Thabile Tshatedi was undefeated and won the fifth flight for Lipscomb, winning the final match 6-4, 5-7, (10-5) over Cincinnati’s Katya Bure.

“She had a great showing,” Aid said.

Jaclyn Findlay won a match in the fifth flight, but eventually finished in the consolation bracket.

Buberl won a match in flight four in the consolation bracket.

Also winning in doubles was the pairing of Tshatedi and Findlay and the team of Hannah Gamage and Findlay in the early rounds.

“We played other good teams we typically don't play in the spring,” Aid said. “The biggest take away from this tournament was the ability to handle adverse match situations with maturity.

“When our girls were pushed into tight matches they rose to the occasion and pulled out some great wins. I am very proud of how they competed on court.”