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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
By Casey Kupper
Home ASUN matches offer challenges for women's tennis

NASHVILLE, Tenn.-The Lipscomb Lady Bisons continue their conference play this weekend against Stetson University and North Florida University. They will host both teams at the Huston-Marsh-Griffith Tennis Center on Thursday and Saturday.

Lipscomb is coming off of a tough conference trip to NJIT and USC Upstate where they played with five on the roster. Coach Jamie Aid is unsure of the amount of players that will hit the courts this week, but expects the ones that will play to be completely healthy.

“I have never seen the team play with such initiative as they did against USC Upstate,” Aid said. “We hope to carry that initiative into this weekend.”

The Stetson match is scheduled to be played at 1 p.m., but if there is an issue with weather they will play at Whitworth Indoor Tennis Center at 9 p.m.

“Stetson is 0-2 in conference play and we are 1-1, so that will take some pressure off of the girls,” Aid said. “It should allow them to play freer.”

The Lady Bisons will host North Florida Saturday, assuming that the weather will cooperate with the match to begin at 10 a.m.

North Florida has been the top team in the Atlantic Sun Conference over the past three years. Lipscomb’s No.1 player, Vika Dzyuba, will face her toughest match in Michelle Valdez on Saturday to clinch her spot in the national tournament.

This week has been all about quality over quantity for the women’s tennis team. Aid was focused on her team’s health after their away trip to New Jersey and South Carolina.

The preparation for Stetson and North Florida has been focused on the pressure situations that the team will certainly face against their opponents this weekend.

Aid said, “We have a tough schedule this year and I am proud of my team for being positive in situations that most would be negative about.”