JONESBORO, Ark. – After six weeks of indoor matches, the Lipscomb women’s tennis team is set to hit the outdoor courts twice this weekend.
First up is a match at Arkansas State on Friday at 2 p.m., followed by a home meeting with Murray State on Saturday at 1 p.m. Saturday’s battle with the Racers will be held on Lipscomb’s campus at the Huston-Marsh-Griffith Tennis Center.
The Bisons (3-7) have dropped their last two matches following wins over Belmont and North Alabama in early February. Freshman Kateryna Popova has jumped out to an impressive 6-2 start in singles play in the No. 1 slot. Lipscomb sophomore Denise Buberl holds the team’s next-best singles record at 4-5.
SCOUTING THE RED WOLVES:
Arkansas State brings a measly 2-7 record into Friday’s match, although much like the Bisons, the Red Wolves have played tough competition. Included in their seven losses are defeats at No. 25 TCU and Southern Miss, as well as a pair of losses at Mississippi State. No. 1 singles player Shelby King is 1-7 on the season, and the Red Wolves are 7-15 as a team in doubles action. The Bisons topped Arkansas State 4-1 last season and by a score of 4-0 in 2016.
SCOUTING THE RACERS:
Murray State is an even 3-3 heading to Saturday’s showdown with Bisons. The Racers boast wins over St. Louis, Southern Indiana and Cumberland. In the last meeting between the two schools in 2016, Murray State emerged with a 4-3 victory at Whitworth Indoor Center. The Racers’ top singles player, Claire Chang, is 4-2 in singles action, while the doubles team of Amina Hadzic and Anja Loncarevic is 3-0.
Lipscomb is set to host Detriot-Mercy next Friday, March 9 at Huston-Marsh-Griffith Tennis Center. The battle is set for 3 p.m., following the men’s match with the Titans.