NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After a 1-5 start to the spring season, the Lipscomb women’s tennis team is starting to find its groove.
Lipscomb (5-7) squeaked by Arkansas State (2-8) by a score of 4-3 in Jonesboro on Friday afternoon, before returning to Nashville to defeat Murray State 4-2 on Saturday at Huston-Marsh-Griffith Tennis Center.
“It’s always a transition going from indoor to outdoor, because outdoor is not as fast as the indoor game,” Lipscomb coach Jamie Aid said. “Being back on campus gave us a lot of energy (against Murray State). It was a promising performance.”
Junior Thabile Tsahatedi was the hero on Friday, as her 3-7, 7-6, 7-4 victory over Arkansas State’s Shannon O’Brien clinched the win for the Bisons on Friday.
“The Arkansas State match started a little slow for us,” Aid said. “Tabby was kind of the star of the day. She fought off 8 clinch points and came back to win. She really fought well in the third set to clinch it for us.”
Kateryna Popova, Viktoriya Dzyuba and Denise Buberl each went 2-0 in singles play on the weekend. The duo of Dzyuba and Buberl also won both of their doubles matches.
Saturday’s victory against the Racers (3-4) was a little easier to come by as the Bisons took the doubles point behind wins from the pairings of Dzyuba/Buberl and Popova/Madeleine Brooks.
“We didn’t get back until 11 p.m. (on Friday), but the girls came out today fired up,” Aid said. “We were really happy with the level of play throughout the weekend.”
Friday, March 2: Lipscomb 4, Arkansas State 3
Kateryna Popova (LIP) def. Shelby King (ASU) 6-4, 6-3
Viktoriya Dzyuba (LIP) def. Anita Detlava (ASU) 6-0, 6-2
Sabina Jeresic (ASU) def. Madeleine Brooks (LIP) 6-4, 6-4
Denise Buberl (LIP) def. Berta Masdevall Masip (ASU) 6-3, 6-1
Thabile Tshatedi (LIP) def. Shannon O'Brien (ASU) 3-6, 7-6, 6-4
Kirsty Venter (ASU) def. Kateryna Kandyba (LIP) 6-0, 3-0, retired
Denise Buberl/Viktoriya Dzyuba (LIP) def. Anita Detlava/Berta Masdevall Masip (ASU) 6-2
Shelby King/Shannon O'Brien (ASU) def. Kateryna Popova/Madeleine Brooks (LIP) 6-3
Kirsty Venter/Sabina Jeresic (ASU) def. Thabile Tshatedi/Kateryna Kandyba (LIP) 6-4
Saturday, March 3: Lipscomb 4, Murray State 2
Kateryna Popova (LIP) def. Claire Chang (MSU) 6-5, 6-3
Viktoriya Dzyuba (LIP) def. Stasya Sharapova (MSU) 6-2, 6-4
Amina Hadzic (MSU) def. Madeleine Brooks (LIP) 6-3, 6-4
Denise Buberl (LIP) def. Anja Loncarevic (MSU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
Thabile Tshatedi (LIP) vs. Sara Loncarevic (MSU) 6-2, 5-6, 0-2, unfinished
Sara Bjork (MSU) def. Katernya Kandyba (LIP) 6-2, 6-3
Viktoriya Dzyuba/Denise Buberl (LIP) def. Amina Hadzic/Anja Loncarevic (MSU) 6-4
Madeleine Brooks/Kateryna Popova (LIP) def. Claire Chang/Stasya Sharapova (MSU) 6-4
Sara Bjork/Jeanne Masson (MSU) def. Thabile Tshatedi/Kateryna Kandyba (LIP) 6-3
Lipscomb will host Detroit (3-8) next Friday, March 3. Match time is set for 3 p.m. at Huston-Marsh-Griffith Tennis Center.