MALIBU, Calif.- Lipscomb women’s tennis standout Viktoriya Dzyuba met her match in the Oracle ITA Masters this weekend. The junior dropped her opening round singles match and lost in the consolation tournament, but she still managed to pick up a victory in mixed doubles play on Thursday.
Head coach Jamie Aid took several positives away from the event, which consisted of 32 of the top players in the country. Tournament invitations were extended to athletes who earned "Player of the Year" honors in their respective conferences.
“It was a great way to celebrate what these players accomplished last year,” Aid said. “You could definitely tell it was (Dzyba’s) first tournament of the year. She’s just getting back in the match-mindset.”
Dzyuba opened the tournament by teaming up with Thibault Cancel, a men’s player from the University of Alabama, in mixed doubles play. The pair defeated Jessica Liviani and Luka Sucevic of St. John’s by a score of 6-4.
“The tournament itself was a lot of fun,” Aid said. “I thought mixed doubles was a neat twist. That was a nice way to get different players to meet each other.”
Ena Shibahara (UCLA) and Brandon Holt (USC) later handed Dzyuba and Cancel a 6-4 loss to end their in run in mixed doubles.
In the opening round of singles play on Thursday, Eva Marie Voracek of Loyola Marymount defeated Dzyuba, 6-2, 6-0.
The loss dropped Dzyuba to the consolation bracket, where she took on LIU Brooklyn’s Anna Grigoryan on Friday. Grigoryan got the better of the battle to beat Dzyuba by a score of 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.
“We would have liked to collect wins, but we are trying to be process minded,” Aid said.
Dzyuba will have a few days to regroup in Nashville before heading back to California later this week. Denise Buberl will join Dzyuba as the pair heads to the West Coast for the ITA All-American Championships for the second consecutive year.
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