NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Lipscomb tennis players Denise Buberl and Vika Dzyuba will make a cross-country trip to California after being invited to the Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships, which begin on Sept. 30.
This week, Dzyuba will make a separate trip to the Golden State to compete in the Oracle ITA Masters. The junior earned an invite by being named the ASUN Player of the Year last season.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to put Lipscomb on the map,” Lipscomb head coach Jamie Aid said of the two tournaments. “We’re one of a handful of mid-major teams to be invited, so it’s a huge honor to have players going to both tournaments.”
Dzyuba’s appearance in the Oracle Masters will be a first for the Lipscomb program. The tournament will begin on Thursday morning at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.
“Vika’s back in the (ITA) rankings (currently at No. 99),” Aid said. “The goal for her is knock off some players that are ranked so that she can continue to move up.”
Following the Oracle tournament, Dzyuba and Aid will return to Nashville for just a few days before heading back to the West Coast – along with Buberl. The Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships are set to begin with the pre-qualifying round on Sept. 30 in Pacific Palisades, California.
“There’s some juggling to do with the tournaments,” Aid said of the travel schedule. “We’re going to come back so that Vika doesn’t miss too much school. It’s a good problem to have.”
Buberl and Dzyuba are no strangers to the All-American Championships. The pair teamed up in doubles play last year and knocked off a duo from Long Beach State in the pre-qualifying round. In singles play, Dzyuba downed Florida’s Spencer Liang 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Last year’s ITA All-American tournament was only the second time Buberl and Dzyuba had played together. The duo went on to go undefeated in conference doubles play last spring.
“They played together by accident because one of our players was injured,” Aid said. “This year they have a whole season of experience, so they have a lot of confidence in themselves.”
Dzyuba and Buberl were selected for the qualifying doubles round. In singles, Dzyuba must first get through the pre-qualifying round. Draws for the tournament have yet to be released to the public.
Those interested can learn more about both tournaments with the links provided above. Updates will also be posted on LipscombSports.com and on the team’s Twitter (@LIpscombWTennis).