Lipscomb draws Davidson for first round of NIT

Lipscomb draws Davidson for first round of NIT

After being left out of the NCAA tournament, the Lipscomb men’s basketball team learned its postseason fate Sunday night. No. 5 Lipscomb will travel to No. 4 Davidson on Tuesday. Tipoff time is set for 6 p.m. CT at John M. Belk Arena. The winner will play the victor of UNC Greensboro-Campbell on either March 21 or 25. The announcement was made during the NIT Selection Show on ESPNU. It’s Lipscomb’s second NIT appearance. The Bisons lost to UTEP 85-66 in the first round of the 2006 NIT. Lipscomb (25-7) earned an automatic bid to the NIT by being the co-champion of the ASUN in the regular season. Liberty earned the league’s automatic bid to the Big Dance by handing the Bisons a 74-68 defeat in last Sunday’s ASUN championship game. Davidson finished the regular season 24-9 overall and 14-4 in the Atlantic 10. The Wildcats are currently No. 75 in the NET rankings, while the Bisons are No. 49. Eventual champion Saint Louis knocked Davidson out of the A-10 tournament with a resounding 67-44 victory on Saturday in Brooklyn, New York. Lipscomb Athletics did not apply to host NIT first or second round games due to the school’s spring break and a possible venue conflict in Allen Arena. Due to their No. 5 seed, the Bisons are likely to play on the road for the entirety of their NIT run. Tickets for Tuesday’s game are available through Davidson’s official website. Lumination will be sending a coverage team to Davidson. Stay tuned for more NIT...
Men’s tennis falls 5-2 against Georgia Southern right before conference play

Men’s tennis falls 5-2 against Georgia Southern right before conference play

Lipscomb men’s tennis team played its last match against Georgia Southern before heading into spring break training with a 5-2 loss. The Bisons (5-8) started the match losing the doubles play and were never able to get back up throughout the rest of the match against the Eagles. But Lipscomb’s intense duo in line one, Victor Chaw and Pablo Caffarena, did not disappoint when they defeated GSU’s Stefano Di Aloy and JC Alcala in a win of 6-3. “Line one’s [performance was] probably the best that they’ve played in a while,” Lipscomb head coach Geoff Hernandez said. However, Lipscomb needed another doubles win to take the doubles point, and lines two and three were unable to get the wins for the Bisons. Lipscomb’s Jorge Ortegon and Pedro Uribe, in line two, lost their set 6-2 while Jake Penny and Michael Tougher, in line three, lost 6-4. The Bisons were down at 1-0. “We didn’t have three courts of energy, so we need to do that better,” Hernandez said. “But we have time over spring break to work on that.” Even though the atmosphere didn’t carry enough energy as wanted, the players still tried to transfer the energy they did have over to singles play. But that spark wasn’t enough to help the Bisons pull themselves back up. In line six, Lipscomb’s David Skrabut lost both of his sets 6-3, 6-4 against GSU’s Pascal Wagemaker, placing the Bisons down at 2-0. Following that loss was another loss by Lipscomb’s Uribe, in line four, with an identical loss of 6-3, 6-4 against McCullough. The Bisons were losing 3-0, and GSU needed...
NOTEBOOK: NCAA bid remains a long shot as Lipscomb awaits postseason fate

NOTEBOOK: NCAA bid remains a long shot as Lipscomb awaits postseason fate

The Lipscomb men’s basketball team likely missed its chance to advance to the NCAA tournament when it dropped last Sunday’s ASUN title game to Liberty, 74-68. However, Lipscomb has remained in the at-large bid conversation for much of the past week. That’s partially thanks to the team’s “Bisons vs. the Bubble” campaign on Twitter, which compared Lipscomb to other bubble teams like Indiana, Texas, St. John’s, Alabama, TCU, Ohio State and Arizona State. Media personalities including Dick Vitale, Jeff Goodman, Clark Kellogg and Scott Van Pelt have all mentioned Lipscomb as a possible at-large team since Sunday’s ASUN title loss. But it appears the Bisons are on the outside looking in as the Power 5 conferences complete their tournaments this weekend. Lipscomb is expected to be in the NIT field when it’s announced on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. CT on ESPNU. ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi has Lipscomb ranked as the sixth team left of the bracket as of Saturday morning. Belmont is listed as the first team out. CBS analyst Jerry Palm sees the Bisons as a bubble team and the Bruins as the third team left out. SB Nation has Belmont as its last team in and Lipscomb among the next four out. Bleacher Report lists Belmont as its second-to-last team in and the Bisons as its third team out. Bisons likely traveling for NIT Multiple sources told Lumination that Lipscomb did not apply to host NIT first or second round games. The school is on spring break this week, and there is a possible venue conflict in Allen Arena for the second round date. That means the Bisons will...
Chloe Rogers takes her talents from the volleyball court to the softball diamond

Chloe Rogers takes her talents from the volleyball court to the softball diamond

Whether she’s pitching from the softball mound or spiking the ball on the volleyball court, Lipscomb’s Chloe Rogers feels right at home as part of a team. “Just relax, play the game, you’ve played it your whole life, just have fun with it,” Rogers told herself as she joined the Lipscomb softball team last spring after finishing her senior season playing for the Lipscomb volleyball team. Rogers came to Lipscomb from Overland Park, Kansas, where she played volleyball and softball for Blue Valley High School as well as travel club teams. Her love for each sport started early thanks to both her parents, Jennifer and Richard Rogers, who also played college sports. Her mother played volleyball, and her father played baseball. When college came around, however, Chloe had to choose one or the other. “I was super undecided going into the college recruiting process. I loved both the same,” Rogers said. “So recruiting came around, and I was getting more interest for volleyball; and I think that kind of helped with the recruiting process because it seemed more appealing when people were after you.” Volleyball won in the end, and she became a Bison under head coach Brandon Rosenthal. At the time, she thought that would be the last time she would play competitive softball, and she knew she would miss it. “I made the right decision,” Rogers said. “I love volleyball, and if I had to do it again, I’d do it the exact same way; but it is kind of like leaving a little part of you behind.” Chloe would get her chance to play again after...
Men’s tennis beats Presbyterian in first home outdoor match of season

Men’s tennis beats Presbyterian in first home outdoor match of season

Lipscomb’s men’s tennis team held its first outdoor home match at the Huston-Marsh-Griffith Tennis Center against Presbyterian College Monday and emerged with 4-2 victory over Presbyterian. The Bisons (5-7) started the match down one point after losing the doubles play. On the third line, Lipscomb’s Jake Penny and Michael Tougher kept their lead against Presbyterian’s Jamie Castillo-Lopez and Vance Mercer and won the set 6-2. “Line three is playing pretty well and they’re getting along,” Lipscomb assistant coach Alejandro Manzanares said. “They did the job and took care of the task pretty fast.” However, on the second line, Lipscomb’s Jorge Ortegon and Pedro Uribe lost 6-2 against Alberto Conde and Nicholas McKinney, which put the doubles play at a tie. “I feel like [line two] didn’t start off the right way,” said Manzanares. “They didn’t have the right energy – they waited a little bit too long to actually start the match, then it was too late to come back from it.” In the No. 1 spot, Lipscomb’s Victor Chaw and Pablo Caffarena played a long battle stretching the set into a tiebreaker but ended up losing 7-6 against Presbyterian’s Oscar Alvarez and Max Banson. “Doubles was rough,” Lipscomb’s No. 1 player Chaw said. “We missed a couple key points. It’s just one of those when you miss a key point, and you just lose it. It was a tough loss, but we bounced back pretty well [in singles].” Despite the loss the doubles point, the Bisons still headed into singles play with a strong mindset and hope for a positive outcome. Playing in line five for Lipscomb was...
Lipscomb releases statement regarding Alex Ross’ future at university after arrest

Lipscomb releases statement regarding Alex Ross’ future at university after arrest

Alex Ross, Lipscomb’s assistant director of athletics operations, was charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest early Sunday morning, and he was accused of inappropriately touching three women at Tin Roof Bar on Demonbreun Street, according to both Fox 17 and Scoop Nashville. The three women reportedly did not want to prosecute at this time, and Ross  is “free on pre-trial release.” Lipscomb Vice President of Public Relations Kim Chaudoin released a statement regarding Ross’ arrest. “Alex Ross is Assistant Director of Operations in the athletics department, which means his primary job duties are to provide lawn maintenance for the grounds and fields, facilities maintenance, and setting up equipment for games. “He has been placed on leave pending an investigation. It is our policy for appropriate university officials to conduct an internal investigation and follow through as is consistent with internal policies. As this is an active case, we cannot comment on details of the incident,” Chaudoin said.  Ross is expected to appear in court in early April. According to Fox 17 , Ross was kicked out of the bar but refused to leave after security attempted to escort him out. Metro Nashville police officers also asked Ross to leave the premises, but he continued to refuse. He was then charged with resisting arrest and public intoxication. Ross was present and working during Sunday’s ASUN championship game in Allen Arena after being released from jail. However, he has since been placed on leave, pending an internal investigation by Lipscomb University officials. Before joining Lipscomb’s athletic department as a full-time employee, Ross was a pitcher for the school’s baseball team in 2010 and 2011....