CU men make it eight straight wins

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:21 PM

The sixth-ranked Cumberland men’s tennis team lost just one set en route to a 9-0 victory over Campbellsville and the team’s eighth consecutive win overall on Wednesday at the Tommy Gray Memorial Courts.

The Bulldogs (9-4, 5-0 Mid-South) play at home again Thursday against Bluefield College and also host 21st-ranked University of Pikeville on Saturday as well as 18th-ranked Bethel University on April 22 to end the regular season.

Cumberland started the match with three straight doubles wins, with Diogo Soares and Garry Tokas defeated Noah Swencki and Parker Jones at No. 3, 8-1, and Antonio Manuel Marcelo and Pedro Rodrigues claimed an 8-4 victory versus Sebastian Marot and Zach Baulch, 8-4, at No. 1. Pablo Borrero and Andres Burgos outlasted Pontus Blom and Alejandro Soriano at No. 2, 9-7.

Twelfth-ranked Marcelo posted a 6-1, 6-2, singles victory over Marot at No. 1, while Soares did not lose a game in a straight-set win against Jones at No. 4 and Rodrigues registered a 6-1, 6-4, triumph at No. 3 versus Johan Fuzellier.

Borrero lost the first set but came back with a 2-6, 6-4, 10-4, victory versus Soriano at No. 2, Burgos collected a 6-3, 6-3, win against Baulch at No. 5 and Tokas finished off the triumph with a 6-2, 6-4, victory over Eduardo Mendoza at No. 6.

Jecker's final win pushes CU ladies to 5-4 victory

Freshman Franki Jecker won the final three games in the final match on the court and Cumberland posted victories in five of the six contested outings, prevailing 5-4 over Campbellsville in women’s tennis action Wednesday at the Tommy Gray Memorial Courts.

The Bulldogs (6-7, 2-3 Mid-South) had just four players available for the match due to an injury to senior Tais Lacerda Bezerra, meaning CU defaulted three matches to the Tigers – No. 3 doubles and Nos. 5 and 6 singles.

Cumberland’s Antea Dedić and Alena Gizdić posted an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles over Megan Charity and Haley Dallas, but Campbellsville’s Gleidys Salazar and Jenna Sallee outlasted Angelica Sepulveda and Jecker, 7-5, in the tiebreaker at No. 2 doubles, giving the Tigers a 4-1 lead as singles outings began.

Sepulveda registered a 6-3, 6-3, victory against Megan Charity at No. 1 singles before Gizdić recorded a 6-2, 7-5, win at No. 2 versus Salazar. Dedić’s 6-0, 2-6, 6-0, triumph at No. 3 over Sallee left Jecker and Lindy Charity in the final match.

Jecker won a 7-4 tiebreaker in the first set, but Charity broke her at 3-all in the second and looked poised to send the match to a deciding final set, but Jecker rebounded, breaking Charity twice and winning the final three games for a 7-6, 6-4, victory.

Cumberland will play at home twice more this week, taking on Bluefield on today and Pikeville on Saturday before traveling to Shawnee State on Monday to end the regular season.

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