NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Lipscomb University’s women’s tennis team hosted Western Kentucky University at Whitworth Tennis Center Sunday. The teams competed in a clinch format match due to it being a Sunday night match.
Lipscomb fell to the Lady Hilltoppers 4-0.
The doubles matches were difficult because Lipscomb forfeited the No. 3 doubles match. Madeleine Brooks, team captain and part of the No. 3 doubles team, was unable to compete due to an injury.
“Despite the adversity of the lineup, I thought our girls played well,” Lipscomb coach Jamie Aid said.
The Hilltoppers took the doubles point with Natalia De Ugarte and Cindy Oest winning over Lipscomb’s Hannah Gamage and Thabile Tshatedi 6-2.
Lipscomb’s No. 1 doubles team, Viktoriya Dzyuba and Denise Buberl, faced off against Andreanna Christopoulou and Elpida Malamou. The match was tied at 3-3 before being called due to the clinch format.
In the clinch format the teams play the best of seven. This made the singles matches even more crucial for the Lady Bisons after Western Kentucky won the doubles point.
Gamage faced. Christopoulou and lost 6-2, 6-2. Tshatedi had the same struggle with her opponent Oest. Tshatedi lost the match 6-2, 6-3.
Western Kentucky won a default singles point do to the absence of Brooks for the Lady Bisons, which in turn lead them to the overall win.
“These girls are taking on the task of the hardest schedule our program has seen with six players eligible to play,” Aid said.
Dzyuba, the No.1 singles player, was winning her match over Malamou before it was called. The score was 6-3, 5-3.
Buberl was taking her opponent Monica Malinen into a third set before it was called. Buberl was winning 2-6, 6-3. Aid was impressed with the way Buberl was able to make adjustments after the first set in order to win the second set.
Jaclyn Findlay was unable to play as her match was called before she could set foot on the court.
The Lady Bisons travel down to Oxford, Mississippi to take on the Ole Miss Rebels from the Southeastern Conference on Friday, February 17.
Western Kentucky 4, Lipscomb 0
Cindy Oest/ Natalia De Ugarte def. Hannah Gamage/ Thabile Tshatedi; 6-2
Andreanna Christopoulou def. Hannah Gamage; 6-2, 6-2
Cindy Oest def. Thabile Tshatedi; 6-2,6-3
Lisa Friess def. Madeleine Brooks; default