LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The road continues for the Lipscomb women’s tennis team Friday and Saturday as it heads north for the Purdue Invite.
The tournament was a last minute addition to the fall schedule due to Vika Dzyuba and Denise Buberl participating in the Riviera/ITA All-Americans Championships in Pacific Palisades, California.
“We had to cancel our participation in a tournament at Samford last week due to the All-Americans and add Purdue in order to give our girls the matches they needed,” Lipscomb coach Jamie Aid said. “I hope to see our doubles continue to grow as Dzyuba and Buberl will be matched together. Thabile Tshatedi and Jaclyn Findlay will also play as a team.
“The teams consist of Purdue, Illinois, Michigan State, Maryland, Xavier, Louisville, Ball State, Northern Illinois, Western Kentucky and Miami of Ohio. This is a great lineup of teams and teams we don’t typically see in the spring.”
Aid accompanied Dzyuba and Buberl to the All-Americans played at the Riviera Tennis Club. She was pleased with what she saw as Lipscomb was one of only three mid-major schools participating.
“We had a great showing at All-Americans,” Aid said. “Dzyuba and Buberl had a win against a senior doubles team from Long Beach and lost against Pepperdine.”
Dzyuba and Buberl competed in the pre-qualifying in doubles. Dzyuba was selected to play in qualifying singles play.
“Vika had a tough draw against Ena Shibahara, the No. 2 ITA-ranked newcomer in the country from UCLA,” Aid said. “She was able to bounce back and play a tough match against the University of Florida, beating Spence Liang 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.
“It took Vika a little while to get into that match. Once she made some adjustments she quickly took command of the second set. That momentum carried over to the third set for an amazing win for her and our program.”
Dzyuba advanced to the semifinals in her draw. She was scheduled to play an opponent from the University of Arkansas, but the player defaulted at match time.
“We have a goal to be a national presence,” Aid said. “To be selected for a tournament like this is such an honor.
“Our program competed against the best players in the country and came out with wins. I couldn't be more proud of our girls with how they handled themselves as competitors. The direction our program is heading is very exciting.”