Dzyuba ready for singles match in Riviera/ITA All-Americans Tourney
Monday, October 3, 2016
By Mark McGee
Dzyuba ready for singles match in Riviera/ITA All-Americans Tourney

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Lipscomb’s Vika Dzyuba opens play in the 2016 Rivera/ITA Women’s All-American Championship Tuesday afternoon.

Dzyuba will face Ena Shibahara, a freshman from UCLA, who advances to the qualifying round after winning three matches in straight sets in pre-qualifying.

Monday was a practice day.

Three UCLA players have advanced to the championship round in the past three season.

Shibahara is ranked No. 2 by the ITA among freshman and newcomers. Dzyuba is rated 95th.

“Vika has a tough draw,” Lipscomb coach Jamie Aid said.

The first round match is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. CT.

Dzyuba and Denise Buberl lost in double prequalifying after winning their first match. They lost 8-3 to Ashley Lahey and Dzina Milovanovic from Pepperdine in the round of 16 at Pepperdine's Ralphs-Strauss Tennis Center.

“We didn’t capitalize in pressure situations like we did in the first match,” Aid said. “But it was still a good match.”