PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif.- Lipscomb women’s tennis athletes Denise Buberl and Viktoriya Dzyuba recently returned from California after competing in the ITA All-American Championships last week.
Dzyuba picked up a win in the singles consolation bracket, downing Alannah Griffin of Auburn 6-4, 6-4.
“The experience is great for our program,” coach Jamie Aid said of the tournament. “That was a great win for Vika - any win you produce at All-Americans is a benefit towards rankings.”
Other than Dzyuba’s victory, the rest of the tournament proved to be tough sledding for the Lady Bisons.
Dyzuba opened singles play with a 6-2, 6-2 loss to Virginia’s Meghan Kelley. Dzyuba and Buberl also dropped doubles match to North Texas and Southern California - both by a score of 8-5.
The Lady Bisons rallied back after being down 4-1 to USC, but were unable to complete the comeback.
“I thought we went out with our energy a little flat,” Aid said of Lipscomb’s performance in doubles play. “We were down in both matches and rallied off some quick games to even the matches. We need to do a better job at keeping the momentum once we gain (it).”
Aid said she believes the tournament can be used as a learning experience for both Buberl and Dzyuba.
“We made some costly errors from the baseline that (our) team typically does not make,” Aid said. “There are some very simple adjustments that we need to make.”
Buberl and Dzyuba will be back in action on Thursday for the ITA Regionals at Middle Tennessee.
Stay tuned to LipscombSports.com for information regarding that tournament, and follow the team on Twitter (@LipscombWTen) for further updates.
ITA All-American Championships results:
Pacfic Palisades, Calfornia (Sept. 30 - Oct. 4)
Meghan Kelley (Virginia) def. Viktoryia Dzybua (Lipscomb) 6-2, 6-2 (Saturday, Sept. 30)
(Consolation) Viktoryia Dzyuba (Lipscomb) def. Alannah Griffin (Auburn) 6-4, 6-4 (Saturday, Sept. 30)
Kulikov/Westby (Southern California) def. Dzyuba/Buberl (Lipscomb) 8-5 (Tuesday, Oct. 2)
(Consolation) Kononova/Kutubidze (North Texas) def. Dzyuba/Buberl (Lipscomb) 8-5 (Wednesday, Oct. 3)