Bulldog women’s tennis wins again 5-4

Staff Reports • Updated Mar 10, 2014 at 10:50 PM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Cumberland won at the top three singles spots and both doubles matches for the second straight day, with Alena Gizdić won the deciding match, in a 5-4 victory for the No. 18 Bulldogs over 14th-ranked Coastal Georgia on Saturday at the Auburn Montgomery Spring Invitational.

The Bulldogs (2-1) have just five players on the roster and do not play No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles, but the group has overcome those shortcomings in each of the last two outings.

Gizdić and Antea Dedić posted an 8-3 win at No. 1 doubles over Priti Rijal and Nicole Faas and Angelica Sepulveda and Franki Jecker registered a 9-7 victory against Sunshine Beba and Luisa Lopes at No. 2.

In singles Sepulveda recorded a 6-3, 6-1, win versus Elektra Hunter at No. 1 and Dedić defeated Faas, 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3, but Rijal won 6-3, 6-2, over Jecker at No. 4 and Kristina Polakovic collected a 6-4, 6-2, victory against Tais Lacerda Bezerra at No. 5.

Gizdić clinched the match with a 6-2, 7-5 triumph at No. 2 versus Beba.

Men drop 5-4 decision to Xavier

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Antonio Manual Marcelo posted a three-set victory in singles and won his doubles match, but ninth-ranked Xavier split the singles outings and registered victories at the last two doubles spots in a 5-4 triumph over No. 7 Cumberland on Saturday at the Auburn Montgomery Spring Invitational.

The Bulldogs (1-3) split the two matches in the tournament and will travel to Daytona Beach for Tuesday’s match against top-ranked Embry-Riddle.

Marcelo and Diogo Soares collected a doubles win in a tiebreaker with Nikita Soifer and Kyle Montrel, but Tushar Mandlekar and Kevin Chaoluat posted an 8-4 victory at No. 2 over Pablo Borrero and Garry Tokas and Adam Albrecht and Jordan Harrell claimed a win by the same score at No. 3 versus Pedro Rodrigues and Andres Burgos for the Gold Rush (4-5).

In singles 21st-ranked Marcelo came back from a set down to defeat No. 39 Montrel at No. 1, 4-6, 6-3, 10-4 in the supertiebreaker, while Borrero won at No. 3 against Viktor Swoboda, 6-4, 6-0, and Burgos also registered a three-set victory at No. 5 against Albrecht, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

Xavier’s 22nd-ranked Soifer defeated Rodrigues, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 2, Harrell posted a 6-4, 7-6, win versus Soares at No. 4 and Chaoluat recorded a 6-1, 6-2, victory against Tokas at No. 6.

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