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Women's tennis tops WCU, drops Saturday match at Chattanooga
Sunday, January 28, 2018
By Russell Vannozzi
Women's tennis tops WCU, drops Saturday match at Chattanooga

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Despite winning its first match of the season, the Lipscomb women’s tennis team experienced some adversity this weekend.

The Bisons squeaked out a 4-3 victory over Western Carolina on Friday, but the win came with an asterisk as senior Hannah Gamage was lost to injury.

Lipscomb was forced to utilize just five players on Saturday, resulting in a 4-2 loss to Chattanooga that included a forfeit in both singles and doubles.

“We had an unfortunate injury with our senior last night,” Aid. “We played with five (at Chattanooga). The girls showed a lot of heart and resilience in singles. They took a difficult situation and made the best of it.”

Before suffering the injury on Friday, Gamage teamed up with Madeleine Brooks to defeat Western’s Carolina’s duo of Jordan Strickland and Savannah Taranto. Kateryna Popova and Denise Buberl followed that up with a doubles victory of their own to clinch the doubles point.

Popova, Brooks and sophomore Denise Buberl all won their singles matches to power Lipscomb past the Catamounts.

But despite singles victories by Popova and Thabile Tshatedi on Saturday, the Mocs clinched the match with the doubles point earned from Lipscomb's forfeit in the No. 3 slot. 

One bright spot from the weekend was the return of reigning ASUN Player of the Year Viktoriya Dzyuba, who made her season debut against Western Carolina. Aid pulled Dzyuba from the match to allow her to ease back into match play. 

“Vika had a good week last week,” Aid said. “The WCU match allowed her to get her feet wet. We’re trying to slowly walk her back into full match play. We’re hoping that she’ll be a full go in the next few weeks.”


Lipscomb is slated to make a weekend trip to Ohio to take on Xavier and Cincinnati. The Bisons will face the Musketeers on Friday at 6 p.m., before taking on the Bearcats on Saturday at 3 p.m.

“It won’t get any easier next weekend,” Aid said. “I think this group is willing to be pushed and willing to fight through adversity. I’m looking forward to helping them navigate through that.”



Friday, Jan. 26: Lipscomb 4, Western Carolina 3


1. Kateryna Popova (LIPW) def. Jordyn King (WCU) 6-1, 6-1

2. Jordan Strickland (WCU) def. Viktoriya Dzyuba (LIPW) 7-5, 2-0, retired

3. Savannah Taranto (WCU) def. Hannah Gamage (LIPW) 2-4, retired

4. Madeleine Brooks (LIPW) def. Alexa Webb (WCU) 6-2, 6-4

5. Denise Buberl (LIPW) def. Lauren McCall (WCU) 6-3, 6-2

6. Carli Deehr (WCU) def. Thabile Tshatedi (LIPW) 0-6, 6-2, retired


1. Hannah Gamage/Madeleine Brooks (LIPW) def. Jordan Strickland/Savannah Taranto (WCU) 6-2

2. Kateryna Popova/Denise Buberl (LIPW) vs. Jordyn King/Lauren McCall (WCU) 4-3, unfinished

3. Katerina Kandyba/Thabile Tshatedi (LIPW) def. Carli Deehr/Alexa Webb (WCU) 6-1


Saturday, Jan. 27: Chattanooga 4, Lipscomb 2


1. Kateryna Popova (LIP) def. Samantha Caswell (UTC) 6-4, 6-3

2. Delaney Edwards (UTC) vs. Madeleine Brooks (LIP) 6-7 (7-9), 4-4, unfinished

3. Caroline Hall (UTC) def. Denise Buberl (LIP) 7-5, 6-2

4. Thabile Tshatedi (LIP) def. Bogdana Zaporozhets (UTC) 6-1, 4-6, 6-1

5. Tamri Chalaganidze (UTC) def. Kateryna Kandyba (LIP) 6-1, 6-4

6. Emma Van Hee (UTC) def. No player (LIP), by forfeit


1. Samantha Caswell/Emma Van Hee (UTC) def. Madeleine Brooks/Thabile Tshatedi (LIP) 6-3

2. Kateryna Popva/Denise Buberl (LIP) def. Delaney Edwards/Bogdana Zaporozhets (UTC) 6-2

3. Caroline Hall/Sydney Patton (UTC) def. No player/No player (LIP), by forfeit