OXFORD, Miss. - The Lipscomb Lady Bisons traveled to Oxford, Mississippi on Friday afternoon to face off with the Ole Miss Rebels on the tennis court.
Lipscomb University had a tough time competing against the No. 15 Rebels. Ole Miss defeated Lipscomb 7-0.
The Lady Bisons were the home opener for the Rebels for the 2017 spring season, and the Rebels came out firing. Vika Dzyuba was back on the court on Friday afternoon, which was crucial for the Lady Bisons to be able to compete with the SEC powerhouse.
Dzyuba and doubles partner Denise Buberl met Arianne Hartono and Anna Vrbenska on the doubles court. The match was suspended since the point had already been decided. The score was 1-3 when the match was called.
The No. 2 doubles team for Lipscomb, Hannah Gamage and Thabile Tshatedi, competed against Natalie Suk and Alexa Bortles of Ole Miss. Suk and Bortles were ultimately too much for Gamage and Tshatedi to handle, as the Lady Bisons fell 6-0.
Tea Jandric and Zalina Kharirudinova of Ole Miss won by default due to the shortness of available Lipscomb players.
The singles matches did not go any better for Lipscomb. No. 73-ranked Dzyuba began Lipscomb’s campaign to fight back, as she faced off with No. 58-rated Hartono. Dzyuba was defeated in straight sets 6-3, 6-1.
Gamage battled with Vrbenska who won the first set easily, winning 6-2. Gamage battled back in the second set, but was not able to close the deal losing 7-5.
Buberl had a similar match to Gamage. Buberl made the first set interesting against her opponent, Bortles. Buberl forced them into a tie break, but Bortles came out on top. The match score was 7-6, 6-2.
Tshatedi and Jaclyn Findlay struggled with their Rebel opponents. Janatova defeated Tshatedi 6-2, 6-0. Findlay was shutout by Allie Sanford, 6-0, 6-0.
Brooke Stevens of the Rebels won by default because of lack of players on Lipscomb’s team.
The Lady Bisons are set to take on University of Tennessee Volunteers Sunday
Ole Miss 7, Lipscomb 0
- Hartono/Vrbenska (OM) vs. Dzyuba/Buberl (LU) 1-3, sus.
- Suk/Bortles (OM) def. Gamage/Tshatedi (LU) 6-0
- Jandric/Khairudinova (OM) won by default
Order of Finish: 3, 2
- #58 Arianne Hartono (OM) def. #73 Viktoriya Dzyuba (LU) 6-3, 6-1
- Anna Vrbenska (OM) def. Hannah Gamage (LU) 6-2, 7-5
- Alexa Bortles (OM) def. Denise Buberl (LU) 7-6, 6-2
- Tereza Janatova (OM) def. Thabile Tshatedi (LU) 6-2, 6-0
- Allie Sanford (OM) def. Jaclyn Findlay (LU) 6-0, 6-0
- Brooke Stevens (OM) won by default
Order of Finish: 6, 5, 1, 4, 2, 3