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Women's tennis edges Appalachian State 4-3
Friday, February 24, 2017
By Casey Kupper
Women's tennis edges Appalachian State 4-3

BOONE, N.C.-The Lipscomb University women’s tennis team traveled to Boone, North Carolina to face off with the Mountaineers of Appalachian State University on Friday afternoon. The Lady Bisons defeated the Mountaineers in a singles match barn burner with Lipscomb winning 4-3.

Lipscomb competed with a full roster on Friday for the first time in several weeks. The team has been battling various injuries for the majority of the season.

The Lady Bisons are 2-7. Appalachian State is 3-8.

Appalachian State and Lipscomb did not compete against one another in any doubles matches. Lipscomb won the doubles point by default.

Vika Dzyuba, nationally-ranked, No. 73, was the first Lady Bison to take the court. Dzyuba competed against Heidi Swope of the Mountaineers, and seemed to have no trouble as she won the match 6-1, 6-1.

Lipscomb’s Hannah Gamage faced off with Appalachian State’s Rebecca Morse. Gamage won the first set, 6-3. Morse battled back in the second set to win, 6-3. The tie-breaking set went to Morse as she defeated Gamage 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Madeleine Brooks won with ease 6-2, 6-0 over Gabrielle Wreder.

Denise Buberl won in exciting fashion against her opponent, Melissa Machado. The two faced off on the court for three sets and a tie breaker. Buberl took the first set, 6-1. Machado made the second set much more difficult for Buberl, and won the second set, 6-4. The third set ended 7-6, forcing the players into a tie breaker. The tie breaker went to Buberl. The final score was 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5).

Thabile Tshatedi had a similar match with an unfortunate ending. Tshatedi competed against Appalachian State’s Taylor Bygrave in a three-set match also ending in a tie breaker. Bygrave won the first set 6-2. Tshatedi battled back in the second set defeating Bygrave 6-3. The tie breaker was won by Bygrave 7-4. The final score was 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4).

The Lady Bison’s Jaclyn Findlay was defeated by the Mountaineer’s Megan Mullen 6-4, 6-4.

This win was a confidence booster for the Lady Bisons as they travel to Spartanburg, South Carolina on Saturday morning to face off with Wofford University at 10.

Lipscomb 4, Appalachian State 3

At Boone, N.C.


  1. Vika Dzyuba (LIP) def. Heidi Swope (APP) 6-1, 6-1
  2. Rebecca Morse (APP) def. Hannah Gamage (LIP) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
  3. Madeleine Brooks (LIP) def. Gabrielle Wreder (APP) 6-2, 6-0
  4. Denise Buberl (LIP) def. Melissa Machado (APP) 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5)
  5. Taylor Bygrave (APP) def. Thabile Tshatedi (LIP) 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4)
  6. Megan Mullen (APP) def. Jaclyn Findlay (LIP) 6-4, 6-4


  1. Dzyuba/Buberl (LIP) def. Mullen/Wreder (APP), by default
  2. Brooks/Gamage (LIP) def. Zupan/Swope (APP), by default
  3. Findlay/Tshatedi (LIP) def. Morse/ Machado (APP), by default