Women's tennis struggles in ASUN opener
Thursday, March 23, 2017
By Casey Kupper
Women's tennis struggles in ASUN opener

NEWARK, N.J.-The Lipscomb Women’s Tennis Team traveled to New Jersey on Thursday afternoon to take on their first ASUN Conference team.

The New Jersey Institute of Technology Highlanders hosted the Lady Bisons at their indoor tennis facility. The Lady Bisons lost to the Highlanders 6-1.

Although Lipscomb has been improving in doubles play over the last several matches, the team struggled with NJIT. Denise Buberl and Vika Dzyuba started the doubles play off strong with a win over Mayar Eltony and Rafaella Sampaio. Dzyuba and Buberl won the match 6-1.

Lipscomb’s Hannah Gamage and Madeleine Brooks faced off with NJIT’s Nathalie Habegger and Alba Rosas Garcia. Gamage and Brooks were defeated by Habegger and Rosas Garcia, 6-1.

The Highlander’s Natacha Minc and Amanda Helminsky met Thabile Tshatedi and Jaclyn Findlay on the doubles court. Tshatedi and Findlay fell to Minc and Helminsky 6-0.

The singles matches were not successful for the Lady Bisons either. Dzyuba continued her winning streak winning her match against Sampaio 6-1, 6-1.

Brooks was set to compete against Eltony on Thursday, but the women only finished one game before the match was canceled.

Lipscomb’s Gamage took on NJIT’s Minc and fell 6-2, 6-1.

Buberl battled with Habegger through three sets. Buberl won the first set 3-6, but Habegger fought back in the second set to win 6-0. The tie breaking set went to Habegger 6-1.

Tshatedi faced off with Rosas Garcia who won the match 6-2, 6-2. Findlay then took on Helminsky. The women played one set due to time. Helminsky won the match 8-3.

“NJIT is a good indoor team,” Lipscomb coach Jamie Aid said. “Our girls fought and we look forward to Upstate and another opportunity.”

The Lady Bisons will now travel to Spartanburg, South Carolina to take on USC Upstate on Saturday at 10 a.m.

NJIT 6, Lipscomb 1

Singles

  1. Viktoriya Dzyuba (LIP) def. Rafaella Sampaio (NJIT) 6-1, 6-1
  2. Mayar Eltony (NJIT) def. Madeleine Brooks (LIP) 1-0, retired
  3. Natacha Minc (NJIT) def. Hannah Gamage (LIP) 6-2, 6-1
  4. Nathalie Habegger (NJIT) def. Denise Buberl (LIP) 3-6, 6-0, 6-1
  5. Alba Rosas Garcia (NJIT) def. Thabile Tshatedi (LIP) 6-2, 6-2
  6. Amanda Helminsky (NJIT) def. Jaclyn Findlay (LIP) 8-3

Doubles

  1. Viktoriya Dzyuba/Denise Buberl (LIP) def. Rafaella Sampaio/Mayar Eltony (NJIT) 6-2
  2. Nathalie Habegger/Alba Rosas Garcia (NJIT) def. Hannah Gamage/Madeleine Brooks (LIP) 6-1
  3. Natacha Minc/Amanda Helminsky (NJIT) def. Thabile Tshatedi/Jaclyn Findlay (LIP) 6-0