Cumberland’s Antonio Manuel Marcelo and Alena Gizdić were named the Mid-South Conference Men’s and Women’s Tennis Players of the Week, respectively, on Tuesday, as announced by the league office.
Gizdić won all six of her matches at the AUM Spring Invitational, helping the Bulldogs to a 3-0 mark in the event. She posted straight-set victories in all three singles outings at No. 2, defeating Belhaven's Katherine Campbell (6-0, 6-2), Coastal Georgia's Sunshine Beba (6-2, 7-5) and Martin Methodist's Viktoria Ryjak (6-2, 6-0).
In doubles Gizdić and Antea Dedić recorded three doubles wins at No. 1, including 8-1 over Belhaven’s Stephanie Smith and Elizabeth Chrestman, 8-3 versus Coastal Georgia’s Priri Rijal and Nicole Faas and 8-1 against Martin Methodist’s Maria Charrys and Callie Thomas. Gizdić is now 4-0 this spring in dual match singles and 3-1 in doubles.
Marcelo registered four victories in CU's two matches at the AUM Spring Invitational, defeating Belhaven's Andre Borghi, 7-5, 6-4, and Xavier's 39th-ranked Kyle Montrel, 4-6, 6-3, 10-4, at No. 1 singles. Marcelo and Diogo Soares collected 9-8 wins in doubles at No. 1 over Belhaven’s Nikita Lisov and Jefferson Nino and Xavier’s Montrel and JNikita Soifer. He is 3-1 this spring in singles and 2-2 in doubles.
Cowan, Allen voted second team All-MSC
Cumberland’s Casie Cowan and TaCouya Allen were both voted second team All-Mid-South Conference in a vote of league coaches announced last week during the conference tournament.
It marked the second straight season that Allen was named second team All-MSC.
Both players set career-highs with 33 points apiece in their final games of the season March 1 against Rio Grande. Cowan hit four 3-pointers and shot 12-of-23 from the field overall and Allen connected on 11-of-14 attempts with three trifectas and was 8-for-8 at the foul line. She also grabbed 13 rebounds, her seventh double-figure rebounding effort of the year.
Cowan finished her four-year Bulldog career with 1,270 points, scoring in double figures 66 times in 118 career games. The Seymour native made 193 career 3-pointers and netted 20-plus point in 10 career outings.
She led the club in scoring this season, posting 15.7 points per game while shooting 37 percent from 3-point range. Cowan scored in double figures 20 times in 2013-14, including 31 points at Rio Grande in November, 28 points versus Campbellsville and 26 against the University of the Cumberlands and St. Catharine.
Allen averaged almost just over nine points with 4.5 rebounds on the 33-3 club that made the Fab Four at the NAIA National Tournament her junior year, starting all 36 contests. This season she carried more of the scoring and rebounding load, posting 14.5 points and 8.3 rebounds along with 1.7 steals per game.
The Anniston, Ala., native recorded double-figure scoring in 22 of the squad’s 26 outings this season, posted five double-doubles and grabbed eight or more rebounds 14 times.
Hunt, Sandefer named NAIA wrestling Scholar-Athletes
Cumberland’s Zeke Hunt and Steven Sandefer were named NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athletes over the weekend during the national tournament in Topeka, Kan.
Student-athletes must be a junior or senior academically and maintain a 3.50 grade-point-average or above to be eligible for the award.
Hunt, a senior engineering science major from Dacula, Ga., holds a 3.78 GPA, while Sandefer, a senior from Mishawaka, Ind., carries a 3.58 GPA. A total of 46 student-athletes from 26 institutions garnered NAIA Scholar-Athlete accolades this season.
Four cheerleaders earn Mid-South Scholar-Athlete honors
Cumberland’s Presli Dickerson, Peyton Hosale, Haley Pitcock and Nicolette Tavares were all named Mid-South Conference Scholar-Athletes earlier this month during the conference championships in Pikeville, Ky.
Student-athletes must be a sophomore, junior or senior academically and maintain a 3.25 grade-point-average or above to be eligible for the award.
Dickerson, a senior from Carthage, holds a 3.62 GPA in athletic training, while Hosale, a sophomore from Dickson, carries a 3.64 in biology. Pitcock, a junior from Mt. Juliethas a 3.56 in education, and Tavares, a senior from Hendersonvillemaintains a 3.43 GPA in nursing.
A total of 41 student-athletes from seven institutions earned scholar-athlete accolades.