Women's tennis advances in ITA doubles
Saturday, October 1, 2016
By Mark McGee
Women's tennis advances in ITA doubles

MALIBU, Calif. – The newly formed Lipscomb doubles team of Vika Dzyuba and Denise Buberl made a successful showing Saturday.

The duo is in Malibu, California for the Women’s Riviera/ITA All-American Tennis Championships. The event is being hosted by Pepperdine University at the Ralphs-Strauss Tennis Center.

They advanced to the round of 16 in the prequalifying round with their win on the first day.

Dzyuba, a sophomore transfer from Pacific University, and Buberl, a freshman from Vienna, Austria beat Maeva Razakasoa and Julie Gerard from Long Beach State 8-5 in a pre-qualifying doubles round.

They are scheduled to compete again Sunday against Pepperdine at 12:15 p.m. CT. They will face another young team in sophomore Dzina Milovanovic and freshman Ashley Lahey.

Aid was proud of her young doubles team as Lipscomb makes its first ever appearance in the All-American Tennis Championships.

“There was terrific maturity from a young doubles team playing a senior doubles team from Long Beach,” Aid said. “It can be tough being a new doubles team, however the way our new girls have meshed into the program they have taken a lot of ownership into being on the national platform.

“Denise and Vika have been very intentional about communicating … being great communicators has helped them as a team. Additionally, these girls are very gracious as athletes. You don't run across girls that are as gracious and humble as they are as competitors. They are focused and enjoying this sport.”

The arrival of both players was eagerly anticipated by Aid this fall. The two are wasting no time establishing themselves as major weapons on the team.

“Vika and Denise showed so much tenacity on the court today making good match decisions and enjoying every moment,” Aid said. “Being selected to this tournament is such an accomplishment and to come out here and play the way they did says so much about them as competitors.

“We spoke Saturday morning about being passionate players, being that team which enjoys every point and they did exactly that. I am looking forward to seeing what Sunday brings.”