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Men's tennis travels to Athens for tourney action

Friday, September 23, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Lipscomb men’s tennis team will hit the courts for the second time this season when they travel to Georgia this weekend to compete in the “Southern Intercollegiate Championships” at the University of Georgia.

The Bisons are coming off a strong performance last weekend in the “Tennessee Invitational.” Assistant coach Mike Sherman said he hopes the men can continue to elevate their play as they prepare to face some of their toughest opponents.

"From a competition perspective, this will be one of our toughest tournaments of the fall season, with many major NCAA Division I schools in attendance,” Sherman said. “With that said, the coaching staff looks forward to seeing how the men's team will respond to the environment. This is the level of competition we are building this program toward, and it is important for the men to process and learn from all matches played this weekend. “

In addition to competing at a high level, Sherman said he hopes players will step up as well as focus on doubles play.

“From a team standpoint, we are still continuing to look for leadership improvement from all the men, especially the veteran players,” Sherman said. “Doubles emphasis will also be stressed from the coaches, as the players still need more strategy, practice, and match play on that side. From an individual standpoint, each player knows their goals, and we hope that each guy works to improve their specific physical or mental goal throughout the tournament."

In the first round, the men will face players from Minnesota, Auburn, and Florida, as well as see competition from Mississippi State, Georgia Southern, Mercer and Citadel.

Play begins on Friday and lasts through Monday, Sept. 23.