ATLANTA, Ga. - As a new year of ASUN Conference Women's Tennis is set to get into full swing, we take a closer look at the Lipscomb Bisons who begin their 2020 season on Jan. 24.
The Bisons ended their season with a trip to the ASUN Championship, advancing to the Semifinals after achieving a 17-6 overall record for the season. Lipscomb's roster is bolstered by the return of First Team All-Conference selection Kate Popova and All-Freshman Team honoree Liza Diachenko. In 2019, Popova earned a 14-4 overall record in No. 2 singles action while Diachenko went 7-3 at No. 4 and 4-4 at No. 5. The 5-2 record the Bisons held in conference play was their best in program history and the team looks to capture its first league title in 2020.
Lipscomb opens its slate with back-to-back matches on the road first taking on Samford Jan. 24 in Samford, Ala., followed by a meeting against Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Jan. 25. The team's home opener comes on Feb. 8, when the Bisons face IUPUI. The first ASUN opponent of the season is FGCU who Lipscomb travels to face in Fort Myers, Fla., on March 7.
Lipscomb's Schedule Breakdown
Home Matches: 7
Away Matches: 9
Neutral Matches: 2
First Home Match: vs. IUPUI (Feb. 15)
First Road Match: at Samford (Jan. 24)
Opening ASUN Contest: at FGCU (March 7)
Head Coach: Jamie Aid
Alma Mater: Brentwood Academy, 2001
Record at Lipscomb: 71-63
The ASUN Conference is an NCAA Division I league with nine member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The ASUN meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement through a true balance between student and athlete. Six ASUN schools reside in Nielsen Top 50 national media markets, and all nine are in top 80 markets. The ASUN includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Liberty University, Lipscomb University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of North Alabama, University of North Florida and Stetson University. Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., joins the ASUN for the 2020-21 academic year.