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Women's tennis enters final week of play with ASUN seeding on the line
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
By Russell Vannozzi
Women's tennis enters final week of play with ASUN seeding on the line

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Fresh off its 4-3 victory over Stetson last Saturday, the Lipscomb women’s tennis team returns to the Huston-Marsh-Griffith Tennis Center for two critical matches this week.

The Bisons have already clinched a spot in the ASUN conference tournament, but with a pair of victories, the team can locked up its first-ever No. 3 seed behind North Florida and Florida Gulf Coast.

In order to do so, Lipscomb will have to take down USC Upstate and NJIT. The Bisons will meet the Spartans at 2 p.m. on Thursday, before hosting NJIT for Senior Day at 11 a.m. on Friday. Senior Hannah Gamage will be honored prior to Friday’s match against the Highlanders.

The NJIT match was originally scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, but it has since been moved up one day to avoid the forecast for rain this weekend. Admission is free for both matches.  

Freshman Kateryna Popova has consistently been Lipscomb’s most productive athlete, as she leads the team with a 14-2 singles record. Viktoriya Dzyuba (8-7) and Denise Buberl (8-9) have also been key factors in singles, while the two have teamed for a 4-1 doubles record.

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS:

To put it simply, USC Upstate has struggled this season. The Spartans bring a 1-17 overall record (0-4 ASUN) into Friday’s match, with their lone win over Limestone College – a Division II school. However, that doesn’t mean the Bisons will take them lightly, as USC Upstate battled in a 5-2 loss to Lipscomb last season. Carol Sigaki leads the Spartans with a 5-12 singles mark.

SCOUTING THE HIGHLANDERS:

NJIT (8-9, 1-3 ASUN) will provide a tough test for the Bisons. The Highlanders cruised to a 6-1 victory last year in Newark, New Jersey. However, NJIT is currently on a 3-match losing streak after dropping matches to North Florida, FGCU and Stetson. Advaita Saravanan leads the Highlanders in singles wins with 11.

HOW TO FOLLOW:

Updates will be posted to the team’s Twitter (@LipscombWTennis) and a recap with final results will be available following the conclusion of each match.

UP NEXT:

Lipscomb will open the ASUN tournament on Friday, April 20 in Jacksonville, on the campus of North Florida. The Bisons’ opponent and exact match time will be announced following the conclusion of the ASUN regular season this weekend.