Final match decides CU men's tennis opener

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 5:59 PM

RICHMOND, Ky. — Garry Tokas lost in a super tiebreaker at No. 6 singles in the final match on the court, as 10th-ranked Cumberland dropped a 4-3 decision to Eastern Kentucky indoors on Saturday in the season opener for the Bulldogs.

Cumberland dropped 2-of-3 doubles outings to fall behind early in the match, but singles victories by Pablo Borrero and 21st-ranked Antonio Manual Marcelo tied the match at two. A singles win from Diogo Soares knotted the score at three, leaving Tokas as the final match. Alberto Tintoré defeated the freshman, 6-4, 6-5 (5), at No. 6, preserving the victory for the Colonels.

Alex Alvaro and Juanjo de la Llera posted an 8-3 doubles win over Borrero and Marcelo at No. 1 and Daridge Saidi and Joao Maio won by the same score against Andres Burgos and Pedro Rodrigues at No. 2. Soares and Tokas claimed an 8-7 (6) victory at No. 3 versus Tintoré and Diego Asis.

Borrero was first off in singles, defeated Asis, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 3, but Florian Graskamp put EKU back ahead with a 6-1, 6-0, win at No. 4 over Burgos. Marcelo’s victory evened the score again with a 6-4, 6-3, victory at No. 1 against Alvaro, but the Colonels took a 3-2 edge when Saidi outlasted Rodrigues at No. 2, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4. Soares registered a 6-1, 6-0, win at No. 5 versus Maio, knotting the match at three before the Tintoré-Tokas outing decided the outcome.

Cumberland will play again this Sunday at Belmont before participating in the Auburn Montgomery Spring Invitational on March 6-8 in Montgomery, Ala.

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