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.
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.