Men’s tennis leads entire match in 5-2 win over North Dakota

Men’s tennis leads entire match in 5-2 win over North Dakota

On Saturday night, the Lipscomb men’s tennis team defeated the University of North Dakota by a score of 5-2. Lipscomb’s David Skrabut, on the sixth line, won his first clinch match for the Bisons to take home the victory. Lipscomb never trailed during the match. “I’m excited for David,” Lipscomb coach Geoff Hernandez stated. “To win the last match for your team – it’s very important. It’s something you gotta break through.” On the fifth line, Lipscomb’s Jake Penny also got another win while dealing with injuries, giving the Bisons the 5-2 win. The Bisons duo of Victor Chaw and Pablo Caffarena took a win of 6-4 against the Hawks duo of Nejc Sitar and Lukas Buth at the No. 1 spot. The battles in lines two and three were very close, as both teams had to play a tiebreaker set to settle who would get the doubles point. In line two was Lipscomb’s Jorge Ortegon and Pedro Uribe against UND’s Davide Callegari and Johnnie Carmichael. The match did not end in Lipscomb’s favor when Ortegon and Uribe lost the tiebreaker 7-6. However, Bisons Jake Penny and Michael Tougher pushed through and won their tiebreaker 7-6, which gave Lipscomb a 1-0 lead. “Today, we took care of the small things,” Lipscomb assistant coach Alejandro Manzanares said. “We started off with the right energy, and as long as we do that, we should always be ahead of any team. “I feel like we should always take care of all the small things so we can start the matches with advantages and the right mindset. That always transitions to the singles...
Lipscomb men’s tennis loses 4-3 to UTC

Lipscomb men’s tennis loses 4-3 to UTC

The Lipscomb men’s tennis team lost against the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on Friday night at the Richland Country Club. The Bisons (3-4) were able to get the lead at the beginning of the night when they won the doubles point. In line one, Lipscomb’s Victor Chaw and Pablo Caffarena were the first to finish their set and lost 6-3 to UTC’s Kerim Hyatt and Simon Bustamente. Jake Penny and Michael Tougher, playing for the Bisons on the third line, won 6-4 in their doubles match against the Mocs’ Jacob Marshall and Pablo Llebeili. Shortly following, the Bisons’ Jorge Ortegon and Pedro Uribe, in line two, delivered the winning point against Niklas Gerdes and Tomas Rodriguez 7-6. This gave Lipscomb the lead at 1-0. “I think it was important that line three finally came together,” Lipscomb coach Geoff Hernandez said. “For Michael to get his first win and Jake to work his way through the injuries and compete, it makes us feel that we’re not just going to win at two lines, but we’re going to win at every line, so I thought [their win] was really big.” Although the Bisons were off to a good start for themselves, they were unable to keep their lead in singles play. On the first line, Lipscomb’s Chaw lost both of his sets 6-1 and 6-4 to UTC’s Gerdes, which led the Bisons to losing their lead and setting the score at 1-1. Uribe, on the fourth line, was able to get the lead back for Lipscomb with a win from his three-set match against Bustamante. Uribe lost the first set...
Lipscomb men’s tennis loses 6-1 against Grand Canyon University

Lipscomb men’s tennis loses 6-1 against Grand Canyon University

The Lipscomb men’s tennis team lost 6-1 against Grand Canyon University on Saturday night at the Richland Country Club’s tennis center. The night did not start off in favor of the Bisons (3-3) when they lost the doubles point 2-1 in just 30 minutes. In the No. 2 spot for doubles, Lipscomb’s Jorge Ortegon and Pedro Uribe lost their set 6-1 to Valentin Lang and Jakub Novak, while Lipscomb’s Jake Penny and Michael Tougher, on the third line, lost 6-2 to Lucas Grego and Freddie Grant. On the first line, the match between Bisons duo Victor Chaw and Pablo Caffarena and GCU’s Lorenzo Fucile and Mathieu Rajaonah was left unfinished. “I think today, honestly, [GCU] just kind of came out, and they just played a little bit better earlier in matches, especially in doubles,” Lipscomb head coach Geoff Hernandez said. “We came out just not quite ready, so they loosened up and ran away with it. So I give them credit for their level.” Losing the doubles point seemed to have impacted the Bisons as they played the rest of the night. “We tried to regroup and tried to get it going, but I think the energy was just a little too up and down today, so we just need to do a better job at maintaining that,” Hernandez said. “Getting a little more energy from the bench and from the courts. It wasn’t their lack of caring, but I think it was just they were disappointed in the performance of doubles, and we didn’t react fast enough.” In line four for Lipscomb was Uribe, and he lost both...
Alejandro Manzaneres starts new season with Lipscomb tennis as assistant coach

Alejandro Manzaneres starts new season with Lipscomb tennis as assistant coach

If you’ve been to a men’s tennis match in the past four seasons, you may have heard the crowd chanting “Manza!” Lipscomb’s men’s tennis recruited Alejandro Manzanares, the No. 1 player in Venezuela’s 18U division, back in the spring semester of 2015. Throughout his tennis career as a Bison, he has achieved multiple ASUN titles as well as finished every year with a positive individual record. Manzanares is currently a senior in his fifth spring semester. He anticipates on graduating this upcoming May. Due to NCAA rules, he is unable to play on the team this season since he has already played his four seasons of eligibility. However, head coach Geoff Hernandez offered Manzanares a position as the new assistant coach this season. “I think Alejandro obviously had a high IQ as a tennis player,” Hernandez said. “I knew that coaching was going to be a natural thing for him, and it’s honestly something that I feel like he might do with the rest of his life. On the court, Hernandez said Manzanares was known to have a winner’s mentality, smart play decisions and calm mannerisms. It was only a matter of time before he transferred those qualities over to coaching. “I think as he got organized with his academics in the fall, it was the right time for him to come into the spring, and he has had an immediate impact,” Hernandez said. Ironically, before Manzanares was offered the position, he was actually considering asking Hernandez himself if he could volunteer as the assistant coach. But Hernandez beat him to it, and Manzanares was not surprised that the opportunity presented...
Lipscomb tennis takes down Furman 4-3 on wild final set

Lipscomb tennis takes down Furman 4-3 on wild final set

The match took four and a half hours to finish, but the Lipscomb men’s tennis team left with a 4-3 victory over Furman University on Friday night. The Bisons (2-2) started the night off against the Paladins with a lead by winning the doubles point. On the third line, Lipscomb’s Francesco Tacconi and George Wong played Furman’s Ivan Mitric and James Roelfose and lost the match 6-1. Bisons pair Jorge Ortegon and Pedro Uribe then won their set 6-3 against Drew Singerman and Clarke Wilson, leaving it up to Lipscomb’s duo in line one to get the doubles point. As Lipscomb’s Victor Chaw and Pablo Caffarena fought out their battle with Jake Munns and Jake Bhangdia, the two teams stood watch while waiting to see who would clinch the point. After a long battle, Chaw and Caffarena managed to win the set 6-4 and got Lipscomb’s first point of the night, putting them in the lead. “I think the doubles was more of an example of being greedy rather than us playing well,” Lipscomb coach Geoff Hernandez said. “It wasn’t our best, but we performed mentally, and that’s the thing we talked about all week. Even though it wasn’t our best, they still pulled out the win.” The win from the doubles point gave the Bisons more energy and motivation to transfer their heat to singles play and try to win the night’s match with just three more points. In the No. 2 spot, Caffarena was the first to finish the job, bringing the Bisons up 2-0. Playing against the Paladins’ Clarke Wilson, Caffarena won both of his sets...