Women's tennis will play Arkansas St. outdoors
Thursday, March 2, 2017
By Casey Kupper
Women's tennis will play Arkansas St. outdoors

NASHVILLE, Tenn.-The Lipscomb Lady Bisons women’s tennis team is back home and playing for the first time outside this season as the Arkansas State University Red Wolves visit.

The match on campus at the Huston-Marsh-Griffith courts will begin at 1 p.m. Friday.

Vika Dzyuba was named the ASUN Conference Player of the Week on Wednesday. The award was given to Dzyuba after she defeated all of her opponents over the weekend. She holds a No. 73 national ranking. This is her first time receiving the ASUN honor.

The rest of the team struggled in their singles matches against Wofford University last Saturday, but Coach Aid expects her players to bounce back.

“We get in trouble when we focus on the result rather than the process,” Aid said. “It is not about the matches you win and lose. It is about the matches you win and learn.”

Keeping her team focused on the process will be crucial since Arkansas State has a more seasoned team than the Lady Bisons.

“With our girls being so young, it is important to keep moral up throughout the matches,” Aid said.

Aid is excited to play on the home courts on Friday. She believes it is a huge advantage for the home team. The players practice every day on the Huston-Marsh-Griffith courts and know how the ball bounces differ from most courts.

“I am excited for the girls to compete together on the home courts around a home fan base,” Aid said.

Arkansas State is 1-7, but they have a 4-3 win over UAB. Lipscomb, 2-8, lost to UAB in their first match this spring.