FORT MYERS, Fla. – Lipscomb’s Viktoriya Dzyuba has been named ASUN Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Year.
Dzyuba was also a unanimous selection to the First Team All-Conference.
Dzyuba and freshman Denise Buberl were undefeated in the conference at No. 1 doubles and were named as the top doubles team in the ASUN.
Buberl also was a unanimous selection to the All-Freshman Team.
The awards were announced Thursday night at the ASUN Conference Tennis Tournament banquet.
“The spring started a bit bumpy,” Aid said. “Vika was pulled from our first two matches with her knee hurting which turned out to be a knee bruise. The day Vika found out it was only a bruise you couldn't stop her.
“Her only loss in singles on the season was to the No. 1 player for Ole Miss who is ranked No. 38 nationally. Once she lost that match she turned around and has won 15 straight only dropping two sets. Those wins include Tennessee’s No.1 player and North Florida’s Michelle Valdez who has been No. 107 nationally.”
Dzyuba and Buberl first played together at Lipscomb at the All-Americans Tournament in California. Aid calls the experiences of Dzyuba and Buberl as special this season. The duo is 13-1 in doubles play overall and 5-0 in the ASUN.
“They meshed right away with each other,” Aid said. “They always know where each other is on the court and aren't afraid of being aggressive.
“For any doubles team to post the record they have is something you don't see often. To go undefeated in our conference as a doubles team is so hard and they have accomplished that.”
Buberl was ninth overall in the ASUN at No. 3 singles with a 4-7 record. She was 2-2 in conference matches only.
“I am so proud of Denise,” Aid said. “She is a wonderful competitor and it starts in practice. She never stops competing.
“Denise has had opportunities that freshman don't usually see. It's rare that a freshman is selected for All Americans. It's rare a freshman goes undefeated. All of our girls have had to rise up and fight this year.”
With a team that often had only five healthy players ready for matches Buberl had to jump right into the thick of competition at No. 3 singles.
“Denise has done so well,” Aid said. “Every week she improves. Denise listens. She wants to be coached. She wants to become better. I have no doubt Denise will have a wonderful college career.”
“Her level of play changed when we played the University of Memphis, She played this girl she wasn't supposed to beat. Our coaches gave her a game plan, she said "ok" and executed very well. Ever since that match all Denise does is become better and better.”