NASHVILLE, Tenn.- North Alabama may be joining the ASUN conference in 2018-19, but the Lipscomb women’s tennis team had no interest in giving them a warm welcome on Sunday night.
Instead, the Bisons handed their future conference rival a 7-0 defeat at Whitworth Indoor Center.
“It was good to get them on our schedule this year,” coach Jamie Aid said. "It helps us see what level they’re at and it will certainly be nice to have another (conference opponent) so close to Nashville.”
Lipscomb (3-5) was firing on all cylinders against the Lions, as all six singles players picked up victories. The Bisons also claimed all three doubles matches, although the No. 1 pairing of Denise Buberl and Kateryna Popova narrowly escaped with a 5-4 win over North Alabama’s Donna Haycock and Nina Linke.
Junior Viktoriya Dzyuba completed her third consecutive match as she continues to work her way back to full health. The reigning ASUN Player of the Year picked up a 6-1, 6-0 victory over UNA’s Claudia Arroyo, and she also teamed with Madeleine Brooks to pick up a doubles win.
“She’s getting there,” Aid said of Dzyuba. “Part of that is gaining her confidence back, and the last three matches have helped her do that.”
Lipscomb’s Kateryna Kandyba and Thabile Tshatedi completed the doubles sweep with a 6-3 victory over Claire DeGeorge and Alisa Savina. Aid said while she like the progess made in doubles, she’s still hoping to see more improvement.
“We’ve always thought that everyone should be able to play with everyone (in doubles),” Aid said. "That’s something that we hope to improve on match-by-match.”
Several Bisons played through flu-like symptoms in both the Belmont and UNA matches. The team currently does not have any substitutes due to the loss of senior Hannah Gamage to a season-ending injury.
“We fought through a little adversity with a few that were sick this weekend,” Aid said. “We needed all the girls to play, and they rose to the occasion.”
Lipscomb will stay at home next weekend and take on Western Kentucky (1-2) at Whitworth Indoor Center. The match is set for Friday at 7 p.m.
Lipscomb 7, North Alabama 0
Kateryna Popova (LIP) def. C. Arroyo (UNA) 6-1, 6-0
Viktoriya Dzyuba (LIP) def. N. Linke (UNA) 6-4, 6-2
Madeleine Brooks (LIP) def. D. Haycock (UNA) 6-3, 6-3
Denise Buberl (LIP) def. N. Seitz (UNA) 6-3, 6-4
Thabile Tshatedi (LIP) def. C. DeGeorge (UNA) 8-1
Kateryna Kandyba (LIP) def. E. Sickle (UNA) 8-3
Denise Buberl/Kateryna Popova (LIP) def. Haycock/Linke (UNA) 5-4
Viktoriya Dzyuba/Madeleine Brooks (LIP) def. Arroyo/Seitz (UNA) 6-1
Kateryna Kandyba/ Thabile Tshatedi (LIP) def. C. DeGeorge/A. Savina 6-3