NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Lipscomb Lady Bisons faced off with the University of Memphis Tigers at Whitworth Tennis Center on Saturday night. The Bisons fell to the Tigers 6-1
The Lady Tigers are undefeated this season at 2-0 and have an equally impressive team leader, Anki Wind, ranked 91st in singles.
The Lady Tigers won the doubles point. The match began with Thabile Tshatedi and Maddie Brooks losing to Hanna Sohn and Josephine Cao; 6-3. Marta Morga and Gabrielle Paul defeated Lipscomb’s Jaclyn Findlay and Hannah Gamage; 6-4.
Dzyuba, No. 53 nationally, was forced to retire early in her singles match with Wind who was beating Dzyuba 3-6, 0-4.
Because of the injury, Dzyuba and her doubles partner Denise Buberl were unable to face off with Memphis’ Wind and Katherine Cao.
“We have a challenging schedule and a challenging situation with our roster number,” Lipscomb coach Jamie Aid said.
The Lady Bisons struggled with their singles matches. Brooks battled Sohn for three sets ultimately losing 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.
Gamage had a tough time against Paul, losing 6-3, 6-2. Tshatedi was defeated by Katherine Cao 8-3 and Findlay fell to Josephine Cao, the twin to Katherine, 8-1.
Buberl overcame a huge hurtle when facing off with Memphis’ Morga. Buberl defeated Morga in two sets 7-5, 6-3.
“Denise has improved every week,” Aid said. “I am so happy to see her hard work paying off.”
With only six players on the active roster health is one of the biggest keys for the Lady Bisons who are 1-3. Aid remains optimistic after splitting the weekend with a win at Belmont Friday.
“Hopefully we will be a healthy group by next Saturday,” Aid said. “We host Chattanooga.”
Memphis 6, Lipscomb 1
Jan. 28, 2017
No. 1 –Anki Wind/Katherine Cao (UM) vs. Viktoriya Dzyuba/Denise Buberl (LIP), unf.
No. 2 –Hanna Sohn/Josephine Cao (UM) def. Madeleine Brooks/Thabile Tshated (LIP), 6-3
No. 3 – Marta Morga/Gabrielle Paul (UM) def. Hannah Gamage/Jaclyn Findlay (LIP) , 6-4
No. 1 – No. 91 Wind (UM def. No. 53 Dzyuba (LIP), 6-3, 4-0, wd (inj.)
No. 2 – Sohn (UM) def. Brooks (LIP), 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
No. 3 – Paul (UM) def. Gamage (LIP), 6-3, 6-2
No. 4 – Buberl (LIP) def. Morga (UM), 7-5 6-4
No. 5 – Katherine Cao (UM) def. Tshatedi (LIP), 8-3
No. 6 – Josephine Cao (UM) def. Findlay (LIP), 8-1