MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The few made Lipscomb women’s coach Jamie Aid proud.
With only three players healthy enough to compete in the ITA Ohio Valley Regional at Middle Tennessee State, Aid liked what she saw from her trio of Denise Buberl, Thabile Tshatedi and Jaclyn Findlay.
“We have had many first for the program this fall,” Aid said. “Denise Buberl collected another first for the program on Friday with a win in the main draw at the ITAs against Butler.”
Buberl won beat Butler’s Rachel Sutton 6-2, 6-3. She lost in the round of 16 against the No. 5 seed, Sydney Liggins of Xavier by a score of 6-2, 6-4.
“Denise is much more comfortable with her game,” Aid said. “This past weekend was the first time this fall I have seen her play her game from start to finish on the court. I am happy to see that in our freshman.”
Tshatedi was moved up to the main draw and met the challenge in Aid’s view losing her first match to Vanderbilt’s Emily Smith 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (6). She beat Wright State’s Elaine Cloern 6-2, 6-0 in the consolation round.
“Thabi showed to be a great competitor in her second match, “Aid said. “In her first match she had a hard lost to Vanderbilt.
“Thabi has been forced to play a one-handed backhand due to her wrist for the past several weeks. She has really worked hard on having a good one-handed backhand and was able to pick up a good win.”
Findlay played in the qualifying draw and lost 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (3) to MTSU’s Marta Peris.
“Jackie has worked extremely hard this fall and has developed her game since she has been here,” Aid said. “Her willingness to work hard on the court has really helped her game. We are looking forward to seeing where her game is come spring time.”
Buberl has played most of the fall with Vika Dzyuba. With Dzyuba sidelined Buberl and Tshadeti played as a double team in the main draw at the ITAs.
“They lost to Vanderbilt then picked up a win against Miami of Ohio,” Aid said. “Denise and Thabi had to really commit to communication since they haven't had the match experience together. I am very happy how they came together.”
The team still has two more weeks of 20-hour work before the offseason officially begins.
“I am looking forward to working hard over the next two weeks as a team,” Aid said.