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Women's Tennis drops first ASUN match at Liberty
Saturday, March 30, 2019
By Kirk Downs
Women's Tennis drops first ASUN match at Liberty

LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Lipscomb women’s tennis team lost for the first time in more than a month on Saturday in a road trip to Liberty, where the Flames defeated the Lady Bisons 4-3 at the Cook Tennis Center.

The loss halted a 6-match win streak for Lipscomb (13-4, 2-1) and was the team’s first ASUN Conference defeat.

Playing at home for the first time in 15 matches, Liberty (10-6, 3-1) came out and won a pair of 6-3 decisions at the top two positions to take the doubles point.

In singles, Lipscomb earned victories at No. 1, No. 3 and No. 5, but it wasn’t enough as Liberty’s Maria Medina sealed the match with a 7-5, 6-2 win over freshman Lady Bison Liza Diachenko on court four.

Senior Vika Dzyuba put the Lady Bisons on the scoreboard by downing Ashley Bongart 6-0, 6-2 on the top line. She improved to a team-leading 13-2 in singles and has now won three straight outings.

Madeleine Brooks recorded a victory for Lipscomb on court three, 6-4, 6-0, against Lara Soares before Denise Buberl took a decision with Alexandra Almborg when the Flame had to retire. Buberl was leading 7-5, 3-2 at the time of retirement.

The Flames took straight-set victories in each of the other three singles matchups.



Lipscomb is back in action for its final home matches of the season next week. The Lady Bisons wil host NJIT at 11 a.m. Thursday before welcoming FGCU at 11 a.m. on Saturday.


Singles competition
1. Vika Dzyuba (LIP-W) def. Ashley Bongart (LIBERTYW) 6-0, 6-2
2. Kalani Soli (LIBERTYW) def. Kate Popova (LIP-W) 6-1, 6-2
3. Madeleine Brooks (LIP-W) def. Lara Soares (LIBERTYW) 6-4, 6-0
4. Maria Medina (LIBERTYW) def. Liza Diachenko (LIP-W) 7-5, 6-2
5. Denise Buberl (LIP-W) def. Alexandra Almborg (LIBERTYW) 7-5, 3-2, retired
6. Anna Dollar (LIBERTYW) def. Thabile Tshatedi (LIP-W) 6-1, 6-1
Doubles competition
1. Lara Soares/Maria Medina (LIBERTYW) def. Vika Dzyuba/Kate Popova (LIP-W) 6-3
2. Alexandra Almborg/Kalani Soli (LIBERTYW) def. Madeleine Brooks/Denise Buberl (LIP-W) 6-3
3. Ashley Bongart/Anna Dollar (LIBERTYW) vs. Thabile Tshatedi/Kate Kandyba (LIP-W) 3-5, unfinished