NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It has been a season of uncertainty so far for the Lipscomb Lady Bisons tennis team.
Adding to the challenge of trying to keep a roster of six players healthy is the unpredictability of the weather.
Due to extreme cold temperatures expected Wednesday the Lady Bisons will play Southeast Missouri State (SEMO) indoors at Hadley Park at 1 p.m.
Lipscomb will play Missouri State at 3 p.m. Thursday due to a prediction of rain Friday evening. Two unchanged matches are Butler at 10 a.m. Friday and Illinois-Chicago at 2 p.m. Saturday. All three matches are scheduled for the outside courts at Huston-Marsh-Griffith Tennis Center on the Lipscomb campus.
“We have made some adjustments due to weather this week,” Lipscomb coach Jamie Aid said. “We are excited to have an opportunity to be in Nashville playing on our home courts over spring break.
“We will be able to play three matches for sure outside over the break. This an advantage for us due to conference play around the corner.”
SEMO, 7-3, is coming off of a pair of home match wins this past weekend. The Lady Bisons are 3-9 after a tough 4-3 loss at Samford.
“We have obviously had issues with mild injuries this year,” Aid said. I am very proud of how our girls played against Samford on the road last week. I think we are starting to see some players begin to peak.”
Doubles play was a strength for the 2016 team, but has been inconsistent this season partially because of the injury factor.
“We are needing to work on doubles this week,” Aid said. “That is going to be imperative come conference play.
“I think we learned our lesson this past weekend on the importance of that doubles point when literally points in games separated a win and a loss.”