NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb women’s tennis team is still a player short, but they had enough players ready to take a 4-2 win over Missouri State.
Missouri State, from the Missouri Valley Conference, dropped to 4-10 with the loss Thursday afternoon at the Huston-Marsh-Griffith Tennis Center on the Lipscomb campus. The Lady Bisons are 4-10.
Lipscomb is back at home Friday for a 10 a.m. match with Butler.
“It was a great win for the girls,” Lipscomb coach Jamie Aid said. “We have been so close to winning with a roster of five the past two matches and have been unable to capitalize in close doubles matches.”
Against Missouri State the first line of Vika Dzyuba and Denise Buberl beat Fati Khamissi and Ekaterina Donetskova 6-3. The second line of Thabile Tshatedi and Hannah Gamage beat Phoebe Boeschen and Alexia Meyer 6-1 to clinch the crucial doubles point.
“Our doubles teams had a great sense of urgency and were able to execute balls and capitalize at deuce points,” Aid said.
Dzyuba won at the first line in singles with a 6-1, 6-3 decision against Alye Darter.
Gamage fought a tough match but prevailed 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2 against Khamissi.
Buberl took the match at No. 3 against Anelisse Torrico 6-3, 6-3.
Tshatedi and Donetskova were in the third set after scores of 3-6, 6-4 when the match was called. Tshatedi was leading 4-1 in the third set.
Jacyln Findlay lost 6-3, 6-0 to Boeschen at No. 5.
“In singles we had our No. 2 and our No. 4 drop the first sets,” Aid said. “I was very happy to see them be able to place their game plan together in the second set.
“Hannah Gamage clinched the match in the third set for us at No. 2 while Thabile Tshatedi was on her way to closing out the match up 4-1 in the third at No. 4.”
With two more matches left this weekend and only five players Aid is pleased with the resilience of her team.
“These girls have been doing everything that you could ask a team to do that is a point down,” Aid said. “It is a fantastic group.
“I am very happy to see their work pay off and prove we are talented enough to win even if we have a player out.”
Lipscomb 4, Missouri State 2
- Vika Dzyuba/Denise Buberl (LIP) def. Ekaterina Donetskova/Fati Khamissi (MSU), 6-3
- Hannah Gamage/Thabile Tshatedi (LIP) def. Phoebe Boeschen/Alexia Meyer (MSU), 6-1
- Alye Darter/Anelisse Torrico Moreno (MSU) won by default
- Dzyuba (LIP) def. Darter (MSU), 6-1, 6-3
- Gamage (LIP) def. Khamissi (MSU), 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
- Buberl (LIP) def. Moreno (MSU), 6-3, 6-3
- Tshatedi (LIP) vs. Donetskova (MSU), 3-6, 6-4, 1-4 (unfinished)
- Boeschen (MSU) def. Jaclyn Findlay (LIP), 6-3, 6-0
- Abbey Belote (MSU) won by default