BOONE, N.C.-The Lipscomb University women’s tennis players are doing more than going to Carolina in their minds.
The Lady Bisons travel to Boone, North Carolina on Friday to face off against Appalachian State University at 3 p.m. and then head down to Spartanburg, South Carolina to compete against the Terriers of Wofford University on Saturday morning at 10.
Lipscomb Coach Jamie Aid believes her team is prepared for this weekend’s competition because she is traveling with a full roster. The team has been battling against injuries all season, but her top six players will be on the court this weekend.
“This weekend is a great opportunity to really test the girls because these matches will be played in the same style that our first conference matches will be played,” Aid said.
Aid was referring to the location in which the team will play during their first weekend of conference matches. The Lady Bisons will compete against Appalachian State in an indoor tennis center on Friday night and then play on outdoor courts on Saturday morning against Wofford in South Carolina.
Conference play is right around the corner for the Lady Bisons. Aid’s strategy for preparing for the upcoming conference matches throughout their non-conference play has been to keep the minds of her players on the process of each match.
Aid is enjoying watching her young team mature in its matches throughout the season and knows her team will be ready for conference play.
“They are so young, but this team has a family atmosphere which is important because these are the people that they have to be around the most,” Aid said.
The closeness of the team really plays a role in the team’s doubles play. The Lady Bisons have lost the doubles point in the last several matches because of the clinch format the team was competing under. Only one doubles team has been able to compete the past several matches, but Aid is confident once she is able to get three doubles teams on the court her team will prevail to win the point.
Vika Dzyuba, ranked 73rd nationally in the ITA, is the only Atlantic Sun Conference tennis player to have held her national ranking throughout the 2016-2017 season.
Appalachian State has lost the last two matches to in-state rivals, Wake Forrest and North Carolina. On the other hand, Wofford University is coming off of a shutout win against North Greenville.
Aid said, “There are no easy matches,”