Dzyuba named ASUN Player of the Year
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
By Kirk Downs
Dzyuba named ASUN Player of the Year

NASHVILLE – For the second time in three years Vika Dzyuba has been named the ASUN Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Year, announced by the league office Wednesday evening during a postseason banquet in DeLand, Florida.

She leads a list of six honors brought home by the Bisons after a record-setting season that saw them finish the regular season 16-5.

Dzyuba was named to the ASUN All-Academic Team also earned her third straight unanimous First Team selection. Kate Popova landed on the First Team for the second consecutive season, while Madeleine Brooks earned back-to-back Second Team nods. Newcomer Liza Diachenko rounded out the awards by being voted to the All-Freshman team.

The senior Dzyuba proved yet again to be the most dominant player in the league after finishing the spring season 31-7 between No. 1 singles and doubles. She went 16-2 in singles, including an undefeated 7-0 mark in the ASUN with five straight-set victories.

Twelve of her 16 victories were sweeps and she only took one defeat in her last 18 outings.

In doubles play the Kharkiv, Ukraine native teamed with a pair of partners to go 15-5 overall and 5-2 in league play with teammates Kate Popova (11-4) and Denise Buberl (4-1).

In the classroom, Dzyuba has compiled a 3.57 cumulative GPA as a Finance major. She landed on the All-Academic team for the second straight season.

Alongside Dzyuba on the first team all-conference was Kate Popova, giving Lipscomb the only program with multiple selections on the top team.

In her second season in Nashville, Popova finished 14-3 at No. 2 singles and went 4-2 in the ASUN. The Donetsk, Ukraine product recorded 12 sweeps and won eight of her last 10 matches to close the regular season.

She teamed with three different partners in doubles to post a 13-5 overall record and a 4-1 tally in conference play. She won 11 of her last 14 doubles matches to end the year.

Brooks backed up her all-conference junior campaign with an even better season in 2019. The Norfolk, England native brought home second team laurels for the second year in a row after finishing third on the team with a 13-4 mark in singles and a 10-3 ledger in doubles.

Playing between the No. 3 and No. 4 lines, Brooks was one of five Bisons to record double figure wins in singles on the year.

All 13 of her singles wins were in straight sets and she went 6-1 in the ASUN. Against league foes in doubles, she finished 4-1.

After starting the season 0-4, freshman Diachenko turner her season around and closed on a tear to end the season 11-7 overall between the No. 4 and No. 5 spots. She also provided the Bisons a strong back end player in league play by going 5-2.

She won eight of her last 10 outing and earned five sweeps. Also finished 3-3 in doubles.


Lipscomb gears up for the ASUN Conference Championship in DeLand, Florida on Thursday, where for the second season in a row, the Bisons will take on No. 6 NJIT in the first round at 10:30 a.m. CT.

The Bisons (16-5) put together their best regular season in program history after winning nine of their last 11 matches, including the program’s first ever win over defending champion FGCU.


Updates will be posted on the ASUN tournament central page, as well as the team’s Twitter (@LipscombWTennis). A full recap with results will be available on Thursday evening.


Should the Bisons emerge victorious against the Highlanders, they will face No. 2 North Florida at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.