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Men's tennis preparing for full weekend

Thursday, March 21, 2013
by Mark McGee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Kentucky is coming to Lipscomb from more than one direction.

Friday afternoon at 6 p.m., Western Kentucky visit the Whitworth Racquet Club to face the Lady Bisons and at 7 p.m., the Bisons face the Hilltoppers at Richland Country Club. Saturday afternoon at 5 Northern Kentucky visits to play Atlantic Sun matches against the Bisons and Lady Bisons.

"The Kentucky Fling is coming to Nashville," LU coach Andrew Harris said. "We will see how all this lines up."

After losing a pair of A-Sun matches at Florida Gulf Coast and Stetson last weekend, Harris would like to see his team rebound. Western Kentucky is 3-8 heading into the match.

"Tennis is a funny sport," Harris said. "It can be one thing one day and another thing the next.

"The thing we continue to impress on the guys is a consistent mentality every day. The mindset cannot be up and down."

The Bisons finshed fourth in the A-Sun last season. They would like to equal or beat that finish this season.

"To really go far in the tournament and finish in the upper half of this league there is no margin for off days," Harris said. "We have three seniors. The last thing we should be worried about is not being conistent mentally day in and day out."

The three seniors are Oliver Strecker, Colby Shaw and Tanner Brown.

"We had beaten Florida Gulf Coast three years in a row," Harris said. "We were playing them in the first conference road match which is always a different kind of scenario.

"We knew it was going to be a battle. But to have a 6-1 outcome reaffirms why we are talking about having a consistent mentality. That was not a conistent mentality."

At Stetson two days later the Bisons lost 4-3.

"We are looking for the same mentality we had at Stetson, not what we saw at Gulf Coast," Harris said. "Oliver is going to have to carry us on the court."