NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Call them the “Super Six”.
Lipscomb women’s tennis coach Jamie Aid is ready for the spring season with only six players on the active roster. Sophomore Kate Kandyba is redshirting this season due to an injury.
Aid, whose teams have recorded program first in each of the last three seasons isn’t worried, though she is keeping her fingers crossed there are no injuries during the season.
“My most enjoyable season was my first year as head coach and we had six girls,” Aid said. “Everybody knew they had to do things right.
“I think we have six girls playing who have really bought into the program,” Aid said. “I would rather have that than have 15 girls where some are and some are not buying into the program. I think it will be a positive year.”
The Lady Bisons open play Friday night at 7 against UAB at the Whitworth Indoor Tennis Center. Sunday they will face MTSU in Murfreesboro at noon.
“This year’s schedule is extremely challenging, especially January and February,” Aid said. “We have never had this kind of schedule before.
“We are not going to be working ourselves into any matches. It is going to be `go’ time in every match. It will be interesting to see how they respond to the schedule. Hopefully, the girls will put themselves into a position where they are battling for the conference title.”
The order of singles play is uncertain. Hannah Gamage, a junior, is the only upperclassman on the team. Thabile Tshatedi, Jaclyn Findlay and Vika Dzyuba are sophomores. Madeline Brooks and Denise Buberl are freshmen.
The doubles pairings will be Dzyuba and Buberl, Brooks and Tshatedi and Gamage and Findlay.
“I think doubles will be very interesting,” Aid said. “Vika and Denise have some great wins under their belts from the fall.”
Dzyuba is expected to be the anchor of the team. She enters the spring ranked No. 53 by the ITA.
“That is a first for the program,” Aid said. “It is nice to see us being mentioned on a national level. We hope to have a doubles team ranked and then the entire team.
“This the most motivated team I have had. They want to break records. We are growing the right way. This group wants to compete.”
Aid is entering her fourth season as the head coach at Lipscomb. She is excited about the dynamics this team will display on the court.
“This is the most powerful team, across the board, I have coached here,” Aid said. “It is going to be a hard-hitting team.
“Both UAB and MTSU are good programs. We had a very enjoyable first week of practice. It will be interesting to see how we play against them.”