MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - After a tough loss Friday night to UAB, the Lipscomb women’s tennis team returned to the courts on Sunday afternoon in Murfreesboro to take on Middle Tennessee State University.
The Lady Bisons dropped to 0-2 as MTSU prevailed 5-2. It was the spring season opener for MTSU.
“Our girls came out today and pushed MTSU,” Lipscomb coach Jamie Aid said.
The Lady Bisons began the match with strong wins in their doubles matches. Aid was very encouraged by her team’s doubles play.
“The doubles point will be big for us this year as we approach conference play,” Aid said.
Vika Dzyuba and Denise Buberl defeated Sarah Sediri and Josephina Zehnder of MTSU winning 7-6 (7-4). Maddie Brooks and Thabile Tshatedi handled Holly Horsfall and Marta Peris Herrero defeating the Blue Raiders 7-5. Hannah Gamage and Jaclyn Findlay struggled against their MTSU opponents, Luisa Zirilli and Costanza Magazzini. Gamage and Findlay fell to MTSU losing 4-6.
The Lady Bisons struggled during their singles matches. Madeleine Brooks lost to Lidia Burrows. Brooks lost the first set 2-6. She battled back in the second, but her campaign was not successful losing 7-5. Hannah Gamage held Peris Herrero for three sets. Peris Herrero came out on top winning 5-7, 7-5, 1-0.
Dzyuba made a return to the court to compete against the Blue Raiders after ending her singles match early due to injury against UAB Friday night. Dzyuba won her match with ease defeating Zehnder 6-2, 6-4.
Buberl, Tshatedi, and Findlay all struggled in their matches on Sunday afternoon. Buberl faced off with Magazzini losing in two sets, 6-4, 6-1. Tshatedi and Findlay both lost 6-1, 6-1.
Aid knows what needs to be done in order for her team to be successful. “We need to work on deuce points and those pressure situations as we practice this week,” she said.
Although the team lost, Aid is not concerned with the team’s performance.
“We left MTSU having given a great effort and attitude,” Aid said.
The Lady Bisons are back in action Jan. 27 when they face Belmont.