NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb Lady Bisons closed out the tennis regular season with their third Atlantic Sun victory in a row.
Saturday afternoon on “Senior Day” at Huston-Marsh-Griffith Tennis Center on the Lipscomb campus the Lady Bisons beat Northern Kentucky 6-1 to clinch the No. 4 seed in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament. The Lady Bisons are 12-9, 3-3 in the A-Sun.
“All our scores in the last three conference match wins have been 6-1,” Lipscomb coach Jamie Aid said. ‘That is fairly convincing.
“We have raised the level of play and a lot of that is due to the confidence they have in their own games and each other.”
Seniors Jenny Borck and Deahna Welcher played their last home matches as the seniors on the team.
“We have created a senior culture that is not about `when is this going to be over’ but a one of `I want more’,” Aid said. “Jenny and Deahna have taken great steps towards that culture. And they are not done yet. Our seniors are very motivated right now.”
The Lady Bisons appear to be hitting their stride at the right time. She gives much of the credit to Jon Flinn, who oversees the strength training and conditioning of the players.
“He makes sure they are physically able to peak at this time of the year,” Aid said. “The girls are feeling great. They are playing great tennis right now. Obviously, that is what you want as you roll into the conference tournament.
“We have played stronger and stronger in each match as we have progressed through the conference portion of the season. It has been great to see that progression and hope we will continue to see that through next weekend. “
Last year the Lady Bisons earned their first berth in the conference tournament, ranking as the sixth seed. Aid sees the team having a different approach this season.
“Last year we laid a lot of groundwork with program firsts,” Aid said. “Every week there seemed to be a program first with another step forward.
“This year there was an expectation from the coaches to the players that we could be in the conference mix and be competing. Even our losses in the conference were very competitive scores. We are ready.”
Lipscomb 6, NKU 1
At Huston-Griffith-Marsh Tennis Center
- Laura Kent/Melissa Kromer (LIP) def. Hailey Shanahan/Donahue (NKU) , 8-8
- Jenny Borck/Deahna Welcher (LIP) def. Nicole Soutar/Rheana Morehart (NKU), 8-2
- Dani Kinnen/Hannah Gamage (LIP) def. Sydney Power/Yasmine Xantos (NKU), 8-3
- Shanahan (NKU) def. Gamage (LIP), 6-1, 6-2
- Welcher (LIP) def. Power (NKU), 4-6, 6-3, 10-8
- Kent (LIP) def. Morehart (NKU), 6-1, 6-2
- Kromer (LIP) def. Donahue (NKU), 6-1, 6-2
- Borck (LIP) def. Soutar (NKU), 6-3, 6-2
- Kinnen (LIP) def. Sierra Nellessen (NKU), 6-1, 6-7, (6-8), 10-6