KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Lipscomb men’s tennis team opened the 2011 fall slate with nine wins in the “Tennessee Fall Invitational” held this past weekend in Knoxville, Tenn.
"Overall, I thought the men's team played hard and stayed mentally tough,” said Lipscomb assistant coach Mike Sherman .”Each player was able to get at least get one win in doubles and in singles. Individually, I thought each person had something to build on for the rest of the fall, whether it be physical or mental.”
Sophomore Miguel Cortez, freshman Stuart Tierney, juniors Tanner Brown and Colby Shaw and senior Chad Pierron all picked up first-round singles wins for the Bisons.
Cortez defeated Wright State’s Ricardo Pineda in a tight three setter, winning 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. Cortez then went on to lose in the second round to Eastern Kentucky’s Paul Verma 6-2, 6-3.
After a bye in the opening round, Tierney picked up an easy second-round victory when he took down Xavier’s Freddy Abunku 6-0, 6-3, but lost to East Tennessee State’s Robin Akser in the quarterfinals.
“Stuart played well, and Coach Harris and I are excited to see his potential,” said Sherman.
The trend continued with Brown and Shaw as they each cruised through the opening round but fell victim in the second stanza of action. Brown easily posted a win over Tennessee Tech’s Ezequiel Gils in a quick 6-2, 6-1 victory, but Brown was defeated in the second round by Tennessee’s Bryan Swartz 6-4, 6-3.
Shaw recorded a solid first round victory over Wake Forest’s Chad Brady, winning in straight sets 6-2, 6-2, but was defeated in the second round by Davidson’s Kevin Moore in a close three set loss, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6.
Pierron posted a win over Tennessee-Chattanooga’s Jordan Faith with a solid 7-5, 6-2 victory.
Sophomore Oliver Strecker faced tough competition in the top bracket, losing to Winthrop’s Yuta Hirokawa in three sets, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 and retiring during his second match.
The Bisons headed into the tournament with an emphasis on doubles play improvement. They returned to Nashville with three wins out of seven doubles matches.
Cortez and Brown scored the first doubles win with an 8-5 victory over Xavier’s Patrick Brandy and Jimmy Roebker.
Strecker and Tierney pulled out a clutch win over ETSU’s Bonnevalle and Ordeig in a 9-8 battle before Pierron and Shaw teamed up to post the Bisons’ final doubles win with an 8-4 victory over EKU’s Altieri and Maio.
“Returning to the team, we will continue as a coaching staff to emphasize doubles improvement,” said Sherman. “That was certainly our weakness last season, and we will keep structuring practices toward improving that aspect of the team."
The Bisons will hit the road again on Friday as the head to the “University of Georgia Southern Intercollegiate” tournament.
Yuta Hirokawa (WIN) def. Oliver Strecker (LU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Syrym Abdukhailiko (TECH) def. Strecker (LU) 4-2 ret.
Miguel Cortez (LU) def. Ricardo Pineda (WSU) 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
Parul Verma (EKU) def. Cortez (LU) 6-2, 6-3
Tanner Brown (LU) def. Ezequiel Gils (Tech) 6-2, 6-1
Bryan Swartz (UT) def. Brown (LU) 6-4, 6-3
Stuart Tierney (LU) def. Freddy Abunku (XAV) 6-0, 6-3
Robin Akser (ETSU) def. Tierney (LU)
Colby Shaw (LU) def. Chad Brady (WF) 6-2, 6-2
Kevin Moore (DAV) def. Shaw (LU) 3-6, 6-2, 7-6
Justin Kirstein (TECH) def. Shaw (LU) 6-0, ret.
Chad Pierron (LU) def. Jordan Faith (UTC) 7-5, 6-2
Colton Norton (UT) def. Pierron (LU) 6-2, 6-4
Pierron (LU) def. Luka Stanic (WIN) 6-1, 2-6, (10-7)
Cortez/Brown (LU) def. Patrick Brandy/Jimmy Roebker (XAV) 8-5
Klientovsky/Schroeder (EKU) def. Cortez/Brown (LU) 8-4
Abdukhailikob/Chen (TECH) def. Strecker/Tierney (LU) 8-4
Strecker/Tierney (LU) def. Bonnevalle/Ordeig (ETSU) 9-8
Makikalli/Pineda (WSU) def. Strecker/Tierney (LU) 8-4
Mesa Mei/Michael Moe (XAV) def. Pierron/Shaw (LU) 8-1
Pierron/Shaw (LU) def. Altieri/Maio (EKU) 8-4