Women's tennis cruises past rival Belmont
Friday, February 9, 2018
By Russell Vannozzi
Women's tennis cruises past rival Belmont

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Lipscomb has owned the Battle of the Boulevard rivalry this school year, and the Bisons women’s tennis team did their part to continue that trend on Friday.

Lipscomb (2-5) used four singles victories and the doubles point to power past Belmont, 5-1, at Whitworth Indoor Center.

Kateryna Popova, Viktoryia Dzyuba, Madeleine Brooks and Denise Buberl each defeated their respective Bruin (1-6) opponents in singles action.

In addition, the duos of Dzyuba and Brooks and Kateryna Kandyba and Thabile Tshatedi picked up doubles wins to clinch an extra point for Lipscomb.

Friday’s victory moves Lipscomb one step closer to taking the newly-minted All-Sports Trophy from Belmont. The Bisons now own an 8-4 edge over the Bruins, needing just one more win in either baseball, softball or men’s tennis to clinch the 2017-18 crown.

FINAL RESULTS:

Singles:

  1. Kateryna Popova (LIP) def. Maria Plaksina (BU) 6-2, 6-3
  2. Viktoryia Dzyuba (LIP) def. Drew Hawkins (BU) 7-6, 6-3
  3. Madeleine Brooks (LIP) def. Erin Allen (BU) 6-2, 6-3
  4. Denise Buberl (LIP) def. Sarah Brackin (BU) 6-3, 6-3
  5. Terra Sheldon (BU) def. Thabile Tshatedi (LIP) 1-0, retired (defaulted)
  6. Nikki Christiansen (BU) def. Katernya Kandyba (LIP) retired (defaulted)

Doubles:

  1. Drew Hawkins/Erin Allen (BU) def. Kateryna Popova/Denise Buberl (LIP) 6-0
  2. Madeleine Brooks/Viktoryia Dzyuba (LIP) def. Maria Plaksina/Terra Sheldon (BU) 6-1
  3. Kateryna Kandyba/Thabile Tshatedi (LIP) def. Mical Johnson / Sarah Brackin (BELW) 6-3

UP NEXT:

Instead of making the trip to UAB, Lipscomb will have Saturday off to rest and recover. The match with Blazers has been postponed due to expected inclement weather.

The Bisons will be back in action on Sunday night as they take on North Alabama at Whitworth Indoor Center at 7 p.m.