JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Singles victories from Viktoriya Dzyuba and Katernya Popova weren’t enough for the Lipscomb women’s tennis team, who fell to North Florida by a score of 5-2 at the UNF Tennis Complex on Thursday evening.
Dzyuba took down North Florida’s Rafaela Gomez (6-7 (3-7), 6-1, 6-4) for a three-set victory in the top singles spot. Popova improved to 13-2 on the year with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Eva Nyikos.
The other bright spot for the Bisons came in the No. 3 doubles slot, where Kateryna Kandyba and Thabile Tshatedi defeated North Florida’s Florencia Rossi and Valentina Mariotto, 6-2.
Lipscomb dropped to 7-11 overall (1-2 ASUN) with the defeat.
North Florida 5, Lipscomb 2
1. Viktoriya Dzyuba (LIP) def. Rafaela Gomez (UNF) 6-7 (3-7), 6-1, 6-4
2. Kateryna Popova (LIP) def. Eva Nyikos (UNF) 6-2, 6-3
3. Lucia Montano (UNF) def. Madeleine Brooks (LIP) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
4. Luise Intert (UNF) def. Denise Buberl (LIP) 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-6)
5. Valentina Mariotto (UNF) def. Thabile Tshatedi (LIP) 6-2, 6-4
6. Florencia Rossi (UNF) def. Kateryna Kandyba (LIP) 6-2, 6-2
1. Luise Intert/Rafaela Gomez (UNF) def. Viktoriya Dzyuba/Denise Buberl (LIP) 6-2
2. Eva Nyikos/Lucia Montano (UNF) def. Madeleine Brooks/Kateryna Popova (LIP) 6-2
3. Kateryna Kandyba/Thabile Tshatedi (LIP) def. Florencia Rossi/Valentina Mariotto (UNF) 6-2
The Bisons will make the short drive to Deland on Friday to prepare for Saturday’s date with Stetson. Match time is set for 9 a.m. CT and the action can be tracked with live stats HERE.