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Trips to South Alabama, Tennessee on tap for women's tennis
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
By Russell Vannozzi
Trips to South Alabama, Tennessee on tap for women's tennis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Spring break may be in full swing for Lipscomb students, but the women's tennis team is spending its week on the court rather than on the beach.

The Bisons (6-7) traveled to Mobile, Alabama on Tuesday to prepare for their match against South Alabama (9-1) on Wednesday afternoon. Match time is set for 2 p.m. at the Bruce David Lubel Memorial Tennis Courts. 

Four days later, Lipscomb will make the short drive to Knoxville to take on the Tennessee Volunteers (12-3). That match is set for 3 p.m. at Barksdale Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Both battles will represent tough tasks for the Bisons, who have won their last three matches. Following back-to-back victories over Arkansas State and Murray State last week, Lipscomb rolled to a 4-0 victory over Detroit last Friday. 

Freshman Kateryna Popova holds a 9-2 record in singles to lead the Bisons. Meanwhile, reigning ASUN Player of the Year Viktoriya Dzyuba has won her last three matches to improve to 5-5 overall. 

The doubles team of Dzyuba and sophomore Denise Buberl is 3-0 since Dzyuba's return from injury. 

SCOUTING THE JAGUARS:

South Alabama's lone loss of the season came in the form of a 4-3 defeat at Tulane on Feb. 17. Otherwise, the Jaguars have been perfect in 2018. Leading the surge is freshman Yu Fujioka, who holds a spotless 9-0 record in singles action. Junior Patricia Martins (6-0) and Alexandria Stiteler (6-1) have also excelled through the team's first 10 matches. The Jaguars are riding a four-match winning streak, although the team has not played since March 1. 

SCOUTING THE VOLUNTEERS:

The Vols opened their season with 12 consecutive non-conference victories, but SEC play has not been kind to the Orange & White so far. Tennessee dropped road matches at Texas A&M, LSU and Georgia to open conference play over the past two weekends. Sadie Hammond is 3-1 in the No. 1 spot for the Vols, while Gabby Schuck and Kaitlin Staines are both 7-0 overall. Lipscomb's match with the Vols will follow Tennessee's date with Florida, which begins at 11 a.m. central time on Sunday.

UP NEXT:

Lipscomb will open conference play at Kennesaw State on Saturday, March 24. The match will begin at 3 p.m. at the Betty Siegel Courts in suburban Atlanta.