BIRMINGHAM. Ala. – The Lipscomb Lady Bisons had only five healthy players, but they gave it everything they had Saturday afternoon in a 4-3 loss at Samford.
“Obviously, it was hard playing this week not fully having six girls,” Lipscomb coach Jamie Aid said. “Our five stayed on the court and fought for over five hours indoors.”
The Lady Bisons won three of five singles matches. But the most impressive performance was a loss by Thabile Tshatedi at No. 4.
“Thabile Tshatedi has been under the weather this week had a hard fought match at that lasted three sets,” Aid said. “She came back in the first having been down 2-5 to win 7-5. And lost the second 4-6 and the third set in a tie breaker 6-7 (0-7).”
The first three singles matches were winners for Lipscomb, 3-9, at the Samford Tennis Center. Samford is 8-4.
Vika Dzyuba won at No.1 beating Ellie Gerlach 6-4, 6-3.
Hanna Gamage took set two 6-4, 6-3 against Elsa Pool.
Denise Buberl dominated Nadine de Villiers 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3.
Jaclyn Findlay fell 6-2, 6-1 at No. 5.
The Lady Bisons were forced to default the No. 6 singles spot and the No. 3 doubles due to not having enough players. Aid stressed the doubles point was crucial. Dzyuba and Buberl won the No. 1 match 6-3 with Tshadeti and Gamage dropping the No. 2 line 7-6.
“We didn't capitalize on a doubles opportunity at No. 2 doubles during two match points,” Aid said. “We had hard fought matches in singles.
“However, on a day where we only had five players, the doubles point was imperative. I am very proud of how we fought and played. It was just not enough against Samford.”
Samford 4, Lipscomb 3
Samford Tennis Center
- Viktoriya Dzyuba (LIP) def. Ellie Gerlach (SAM 6-4, 6-3
- Hannah Gamage (LIP) def. Elsa Pool (SAM) 6-4, 6-3
- Denise, Buberl (LIP) def. Nadine de Villiers (SAM) 6-4, 6-3
- Arianna Beltrame (SAM) def. Thabile, Tshatedi (LIP) 5-7, 6-4, 7-6
- Annika Hepp (SAM) def. Jaclyn Findlay (LIP) 6-2, 6-1
- Grace Jennings (SAM) def. Madeleine Brooks (LIP), by default
- Viktoriya Dzyuba/Denise, Buberl (LIP) def. Ellie Gerlach/Grace Jennings (SAM) 6-3
- Annika Hepp/Elsa Pool (SAM) def. Hannah Gamage/Thabile, Tshatedi (LIP) 7-6
- Arianna Beltrame/Nadine de Villiers (SAM) def. Madeleine Brooks/Jaclyn Findlay (LIP), by default