NASHVILLE, Tenn. –The Lipscomb women’s tennis team dropped its fourth Atlantic Sun Conference match on Saturday when it fell 6-1 to USC Upstate at the Huston-Marsh-Griffith Tennis Center.
"The doubles point continues to be a pivotal point in all of our matches,” head coach Andrew Harris said. “Coming through and executing in those critical moments must continue to be a focus for us moving forward. If we can keep working at that and establishing ourselves and our identity, it will take tremendous pressure off ourselves in the singles. We will continue to get ready and focus on the doubles moving forward."
The Lady Bison recorded a win in only one of its three doubles matches, giving the Spartans an early 1-0 lead.
Freshmen Deahna Welcher and Jenny Borck came out on top at No. 1, when they defeated Talia Rojas and Isabel von Stryk 8-6.
Unfortunately, the Lady Bison were unable pull out the remaining two doubles matches.
Seniors Danielle Hansen and Elizabeth Keevil fell at No. 2 to Julie Bell and Hannah Al-Sakati 9-7, while senior Samantha Bowman and sophomore Alyssa Bellini were defeated 9-8 (3) at No. 3 by Maria Tonani and Ana-Sofia Camberos.
With a 1-0 deficit, the Lady Bison entered singles play, but were only able to pick up one win.
The lone win came at No. 2, where Welcher was able to defeat Bell after losing the first set 2-6. Welcher came back to win it 2-6, 6-2, (10-8).
At No. 1, Bellini fell to von Storyk 6-3, 6-2, while Bork was defeated 6-3, 6-3 by Rojas at No. 3.
Keevil lost 6-3, 6-1 at No. 4 to Al-Sakati, and Hansen fell to Chamberos by the same score at No. 5. Bowman also fell 6-3, 6-1 to Tonani at No. 6.
The loss drops the Lady Bison’s A-Sun record to 1-3.
The women will return to action on Wednesday when they head to Murfreesboroto face Middle Tennessee at 2 p.m.
1) Welcher/Borck vs. Rojas/Von Stryk LU Won 8-6
2) Hansen/Keevil vs. J. Bell/H Al-Sakati USC Won 9-7
3) Bowman/Bellini vs. M. Tonani/S. Cambers USC Won 9-8 (3)
1) Alyssa Bellini vs. Von Stryk Upstate Won 6-3, 6-2
2) Deahna Welcher vs. Bell LU Won 2-6, 6-2, (8)
3) Jenny Borck vs. Rojas Upstate Won 6-3, 6-3
4) Elizabeth Keevil vs. Al-Sakati Upstate Won 6-3, 6-1
5) Danielle Hansen vs. Camberos Upstate Won 6-3, 6-1
6) Sam Bowman vs. Maria Tonani Upstate Won 6-3, 6-1