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Thursday, April 14, 2011The Bisons’ season came to a close Thursday evening when they fell 4-0 to Campbell in the first round of the Atlantic Sun Men’s Tennis Championship.
With the loss, Lipscomb continues its tournament drought despite making the program’s first-ever top-6 seed.
The Bisons posted strong doubles play but came up just short of securing the point, losing 2-1.
Freshman Oliver Strecker and senior Joe McArdle recorded the Bisons’ only win of the day with an 8-3 win over David Clavera and Fernando Guillen at No. 1 doubles.
Freshmen David Salazar and Miguel Cortez fell in a close 8-6 battle to Larbi Lamzouri and Josep Baro at No. 2
At No. 3, sophomores Tanner Brown and Colby Shaw fell just shy of the win, losing 9-7 to A-Sun Conference Player of the Year, Davy Sum and his partner Ondrej Kralik.
Although they saw promise in the hard-fought doubles point, the Bisons went into singles play with a 1-0 deficit and went on to fall early in their singles matches.
The Bisons fell at No. 3, 4 and 6 singles, allowing the Camels to clinch the match and leaving three Bisons unfinished on the court.
Brown fell at No. 3 to Guillen 6-0, 6-2, while Cortez was defeated 6-3, 6-1 at No. 4 by Clavera.
Senior Mario Hernandez lost at No. 6 to Kralik 6-3, 6-2 to close out the match.
Strecker remained on court with a one-game lead at 5-4 in the second set after losing the first to 124th-ranked Sum, 6-4 at No. 1.
At No. 2, Salazar trailed Lamzouri 6-4, 4-3 when the match ended, while Shaw held a 4-1 lead in the second set after losing the first set in a tiebreaker to Baro at No. 5.
While the Bisons suffered a disappointing defeat, the overall results were stronger than their previous loss to Campbell on April 2.
Thursday night concludes the season for the Bisons as they return from DeLand, Fla. to enter an off-season of training.
#3 Campbell 4, #6 Lipscomb 0
1. STRECKER, Oliver/MCARDLE, Joe (LIP) def. David Clavera/Fernando Guillen (CAM) 8-3
2. Larbi Lamzouri/Josep Baro (CAM) def. SALAZAR, David/CORTEZ, Miguel (LIP) 8-6
3. Davy Sum/Ondrej Kralik (CAM) def. BROWN, Tanner/SHAW, Colby (LIP) 9-7
1. #124 Davy Sum (CAM) vs. STRECKER, Oliver (LIP) 6-4, 4-5, unfinished
2. Larbi Lamzouri (CAM) vs. SALAZAR, David (LIP) 6-4, 4-3, unfinished
3. Fernando Guillen (CAM) def. BROWN, Tanner (LIP) 6-0, 6-2
4. David Clavera (CAM) def. CORTEZ, Miguel (LIP) 6-3, 6-1
5. Josep Baro (CAM) vs. SHAW, Colby (LIP) 7-6, 1-4, unfinished
6. Ondrej Kralik (CAM) def. HERNANDEZ, Mario (LIP) 6-3, 6-2
Written by Ashlan Williams, student assistant in Lipscomb athletic media relations