NASHVILLE – The Lipscomb women’s tennis team continued its impressive start to its spring campaign Friday with a 5-2 win over Belmont at the Whitworth Racquet Club.
Head coach Jamie Aid shook up all three doubles pairings for the first time this season for the Bisons (8-3), putting Vika Dzyuba and Denise Buberl on the top line. The duo easily disposed of Drew Hawkins and Peyton Lee, 6-2.
Belmont (5-5), however, earned 6-3 and 6-1 victories at No. 2 and No. 3 to earn the doubles point and take an early advantage.
Lipscomb dominated singles play, winning a season-high 5-of-6 matches.
“I am very proud of how we went out in singles,” Aid said. “We had lots of energy all the way around.”
At the top spot, Dzyuba breezed her way to victory 6-0, 6-0 over Hawkins. Kate Popova followed with a 6-0, 6-1 win against Belmont’s Peyton Lee on court No. 2.
Freshman Liza Diachenko swept Maria Plaksina 6-1, 6-4 in the fourth position to win her fourth singles match in the last five outings. Fellow freshman Eleanor Chapman knocked off Lauren Carelli 9-7 in the final pairing after their match went just one set due to time constraints.
Buberl grabbed the final victory of the night for the Bisons at No. 3 with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 decision over Erin Allen.
Lipscomb’s regularly scheduled 4 p.m. match at Kentucky on Sunday has been canceled due to snow in Lexington. Fans stay tuned for further information on if the match will be made up on a later date.
Lipscomb is back in action Saturday at home with a pair of matches. The Bisons will host Arkansas State at 10 a.m. before welcoming Presbyterian at 4 p.m.
RESULTS: Lipscomb 5, Belmont 2
- Vika Dzyuba (LIP) def. Drew Hawkins (BEL) 6-0, 6-0
- Kate Popova (LIP) def. Peyton Lee (BEL) 6-0, 6-1
- Denise Buberl (LIP) def. Erin Allen (BEL) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
- Liza Diachenko (LIP) def. Maria Plaksina (BEL) 6-1, 6-4
- Terra Sheldon (BEL) def. Maddox Bandy (LIP) 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-7)
- Eleanor Chapman (LIP) def. Lauren Carelli (BEL) 9-7
- Vika Dzyuba/Denise Buberl (LIP) def. Drew Hawkins/Peyton Lee (BEL) 6-2
- Erin Allen/Lauren Carelli (BEL) def. Kate Popova/Liza Diachenko (LIP) 6-3
- Maria Plaksina/Terra Sheldon (BEL) def. Maddox Bandy/Thabile Tshatedi (LIP) 6-1