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Uribe leads men's tennis in Commodore Scramble
Sunday, September 16, 2018
By Kirk Downs
Uribe leads men's tennis in Commodore Scramble

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s tennis team continued fall action over the weekend with a handful of players competing in Vanderbilt’s Commodore Scramble.

The results were mixed for the Bisons as their five players combined to go 8-8 in singles action and 3-5 in doubles.

“This weekend was another step forward for us,” Lipscomb head coach Geoff Hernandez said. “The thing I am most proud of is that the guys keep battling each day and we finish each tournament stronger then when we started.”

Sophomore Pedro Uribe led Lipscomb as he finished 3-1 in singles, including a (6-2, 6-2) decision over Vanderbilt’s Jack Lee. He then closed out the weekend with a come from behind victory (1-6, 6-3, 6-2) against Tennessee Tech’s Elias Grubert on Sunday.

“Pedro did an amazing job of that beating a good Tennessee Tech player,” Hernandez said. “He went for it and it worked.

“We give our players freedom to work and play, they just need to believe it and train it under pressure.”

Uribe also teamed with Francesco Tacconi to get a doubles victory (6-1) against Alex Ross and Marcus Ferreira of the Commodores.

Juniors Jorge Ortegon and Pablo Caffarena each finished 4-4 on in the scramble with 2-2 marks in both singles and doubles action.

Ortegon knocked off Furman’s James Roelofse (7-5, 6-3) in singles, while Caffarena earned a victory (6-3, 6-2). The duo then teamed up in doubles to down Vandy’s Adam Sraberg and Ross (6-2), advancing them to the final day of action where they then knocked off Belmont’s Jake Briggs and Adam Rudowski (7-5).

“All we have been focusing on is going for it under pressure,” Hernandez said. “Andy (Veal) and I gave the boys the green light to play aggressive under pressure and risk at the big moments. It’s something that takes time, but everyone gradually started to by in and do it by Sunday.”

George Wong picked up a (3-6, 7-5, 6-1) win against Furman’s Alex Steryous on Saturday for his only victory of the weekend.

The Bisons return to the court Sept. 28-30 when they travel to Murfreesboro for the Short/LaLance Shootout.

“Looking forward, the coaching staff knows exactly what we want to work on and we will build our practice accordingly,” Hernandez said.