JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Beating a conference opponent in back-to-back meetings is no easy task.
But the Lipscomb women’s tennis team did just that on Friday afternoon, serving NJIT a 4-0 defeat in the first round of the ASUN tournament at North Florida.
The victory followed Lipscomb's 6-1 victory over NJIT on April 13, and it propelled the Bisons to the tournament semifinals for the first time since 2016.
All-conference selections Viktoriya Dzyuba and Kateryna Popova took care of business at the top of the lineup, as both players defeated their opponents in two sets.
Dzyuba topped NJIT’s Advaita Saravanan by a score of 6-3, 6-1, while Popova dealt Mayar Eltony a 6-2, 6-3 defeat. Popova, who was named ASUN Freshman of the Year on Thursday, improved to a league-best 17-2 in singles play.
Denise Buberl also took down NJIT’s Rafaella Sampaio (6-0, 6-2) to give the Bisons all the points they would need, and the other three singles matches went unfinished.
Lipscomb (11-11, 4-2 ASUN) started the afternoon on a positive note by grabbing the doubles point. Dzyuba and Buberl teamed for a 6-3 victory in the No. 1 spot, while Popova and Madeleine Brooks took a 6-4 victory to clinch the point for the Bisons.
NJIT fell to 8-12 and was eliminated from tournament contention with the loss.
Friday, April 20: No. 3 Lipscomb 4, No. 6 NJIT 0
- Viktoriya Dzyuba (LIPW) def. Advaita Saravanan (NJIT) 6-3, 6-1
- Kateryna Popova (LIPW) def. Mayar Eltony (NJIT) 6-2, 6-3
- Madeleine Brooks (LIPW) vs. Holly Matson (NJIT) 2-6, 4-2, unfinished
- Denise Buberl (LIPW) def. Rafaella Sampaio (NJIT) 6-0, 6-2
- Thabile Tshatedi (LIPW) vs. Amanda Helminsky (NJIT) 1-6, 4-4, unfinished
- Kateryna Kandyba (LIPW) vs. Natacha Minc (NJIT) 6-4, 3-2, unfinished
- Viktoriya Dzyuba/Denise Buberl (LIPW) def. Holly Matson/Rafaella Sampaio (NJIT) 6-3
- Madeleine Brooks/Kateryna Popova (LIPW) def. Amanda Helminsky/Mayar Eltony (NJIT) 6-4
- Thabile Tshatedi/Kateryna Kandyba (LIPW) vs. Advaita Saravanan/Alba Rosas Garcia (NJIT) 5-4, unfinished
The Bisons are set to take on host North Florida in the tournament semifinals on Saturday afternoon. Match time has been pushed back to 6 p.m. central time due to weather, and the action can be tracked live by clicking HERE.