Women's tennis remains hampered by shortage of healthy players
Sunday, February 19, 2017
By Casey Kupper
Women's tennis remains hampered by shortage of healthy players

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Lipscomb’s women’s tennis team traveled to Knoxville on Sunday afternoon to take on the Tennessee Volunteers. The Lady Vols’ talent was too much for the Lady Bisons, as Tennessee won the match 5-1.

The match began with doubles teams taking the court at Goodfriend Tennis Center. Lipscomb’s No. 1 doubles team, Vika Dzyuba and Denise Buberl, faced off with Tennessee’s Brittany Lindl and Eve Repic. The match was unfinished due to the clinch format in which the match was played.

Thabile Tshatedi and Hannah Gamage met Sadie Hammond and Gabby Schuck of the Lady Vols. Tshatedi and Gamage fell to the Schuck and Hammond 6-2.

Lipscomb was traveling with five players which caused the team to forfeit two matches against Tennessee. The Bisons forfeited the No. 6 singles match and the No. 3 doubles match.

In singles play Dzyuba defied the odds and defeated her opponent in a tie breaker. Hammond and Dzyuba battled for three sets for a final score of 5-7, 6-2, 1-0, and (10-6).

“This was a step forward, not only on the individual side with Dzyuba’s national ranking, but for us as a program,” coach Jamie Aid said.

The rest of the Lady Bisons struggled against their opponents on Sunday afternoon.

“There are some decision making adjustments we need to make in tight games that we will focus on this week in practice,” Aid said.

Lindl defeated Gamage in straight sets 6-1, 6-3. The Volunteer’s Eve Repic beat Buberl 6-1, 6-1. Jacklyn Findlay had a similar match against her opponent, Kim Kermet. Findlay lost in two sets to Kermet 6-1, 6-0.

Tshatedi met Johanna Silva with Silva winning the first set 6-1. But Tshatedi battled back in the second set. Unfortunately, Tshatedi’s efforts were not enough to overtake her opponent. Silva won the match 6-1, 7-5.

“We saw where we need to improve and look forward to practice this week before we play Appalachian State and Wofford University this upcoming weekend,” Aid said.

The Lady Bisons are set to return to the court Friday to face off with Appalachian State in Boone, North Carolina.

Tennessee 5, Lipscomb 1

Knoxville, Tenn.

Feb. 19, 2017

Singles

  1. Vika Dzyuba (LU) def. Sadie Hammond (UT), 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (6)
  2. #69 Brittany Lindl (UT) def. Hannah Gamage (LU), 6-1, 6-3
  3. Eve Repic (UT) def. Denise Buberl (LU), 6-1, 6-1
  4. Johanna Silva (UT) def. Thabile Tshatedi (LU), 6-2, 7-5
  5. Kim Kermet (UT) def. Jaclyn Findlay (LU), 6-1, 6-0
  6. Tennessee won by forfeit

Doubles

  1. Lindl/Repic (UT) vs. Dzyuba/Buberl (LU), 3-4 unf.
  2. Hammond/Schuck (UT) def. Tshatedi/Gamage (LU), 6-2
  3. Tennessee won by forfeit