Head coach Andrew Harris said despite the loss, it was encouraging to secure the doubles point against the talented Spartans.
"We decided to change up the doubles tandems going into this match today, and the guys responded really well,” Harris said. “Unfortunately, we were not able to match Upstate today on the singles side. They are certainly one of the most talented teams in our conference right now, and you must give them credit for coming back after the doubles.
“The guys have another important match against Campbell, and we will be looking for a different result tomorrow."
The Bisons took an early 1-0 lead over the Spartans by capturing the doubles point by a score of 2-1.
Freshman Oliver Strecker and senior Joe McArdle posted the Bisons’ only doubles loss when they fell at No. 1 to Ramiro Blanco and Matias Di Pasquale 8-6.
At No. 2, freshmen David Salazar and Miguel Cortez defeated Edgar Rodriguez and Gonzalo Blanco 8-6.
Sophomores Tanner Brown and Colby Shaw secured the doubles point with an 8-5 win at No. 3 over Marco Linconir and Gianluca Paino.
With a 1-0 lead, the Bisons headed into singles play but failed to pick up enough wins.
The Bisons’ only singles win came at No. 6, where Shaw took down Ignacio Velez easily 6-1, 6-0.
Strecker fell at No. 1 to Rodriguez 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1, while Salazar was defeated at No. 2 7-5, 6-1 by R. Blanco.
At No. 3, Pierron lost to Di Pasquale 6-0, 6-4, and Brown fell 6-0, 6-1 to G. Blanco at No. 4. Cortez was defeated at No. 5 by Linconir by a score of 6-1, 6-4.
The Bisons headed to North Carolina after the loss. The Bisons will face Campbell on Saturday.
1. Ramiro Blanco/Matias Di Pasquale (UPSTM) def. STRECKER, Oliver/MCARDLE, Joe (LIP) 8-6
2. CORTEZ, Miguel/SALAZAR, David (LIP) def. Edgar Rodriguez/Gonzalo Blanco (UPSTM) 8-6
3. SHAW, Colby/BROWN, Tanner (LIP) def. Marco Linconir/Gianluca Paino (UPSTM) 8-5
1. Edgar Rodriguez (UPSTM) def. STRECKER, Oliver (LIP) 6-2, 6-2
2. Ramiro Blanco (UPSTM) def. SALAZAR, David (LIP) 7-5, 6-1
3. Matias Di Pasquale (UPSTM) def. PIERRON, Chad (LIP) 6-0, 6-4
4. Gonzalo Blanco (UPSTM) def. BROWN, Tanner (LIP) 6-0, 6-1
5. Marco Linconir (UPSTM) def. CORTEZ, Miguel (LIP) 6-1, 6-4
6. SHAW, Colby (LIP) def. Ignacio Velez (UPSTM) 6-1, 6-0
Written by Ashlan Williams, student assistant in Lipscomb athletics media relations.