Bulldogs reach semifinals with 6-0 win

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:23 PM

GEORGETOWN, Ky. – Cumberland swept the doubles matches, won three singles outings and led by a set in the other three singles matches, as the sixth-ranked Bulldogs defeated Bluefield College in the quarterfinals of the Mid-South Conference Men’s Tennis Championships here Thursday at Brooking Park.

Cumberland (13-4) won its 12th match in a row and advanced to the tournament semifinals on Friday at 1 p.m. DT  against Campbellsville at Georgetown College’s Lackey Tennis Center.

The Bulldogs started quickly with three doubles wins, as Pablo Borrero and Andres Burgos posted an 8-0 victory over Chas Stonestreet and Borja Jimenez at No. 2, while Garry Tokas and Diogo Soares claimed an 8-3 win versus James Gunn and Carlton Tugman at No. 3 before Antonio Manuel Marcelo and Pedro Rodrigues registered an 8-4 triumph against Lochlan Kitchen and Markel Aramberri at No. 1.

Rodrigues was the first off in singles, recording a 6-3, 6-1, victory over Tugman at No. 3. Borrero and Burgos finished at almost the exact same time to finish off the team victory, with Borrero winning 6-3, 6-2, versus Kitchen at No. 2 and Burgos defeating Stonestreet, 6-0, 6-0.

CU’s Marcelo, McCormick earn top MSC tennis honors

GEORGETOWN, Ky. -- For the second consecutive year, Cumberland’s Antonio Manuel Marcelo is the Mid-South Conference Men’s Tennis Player of Year, conference officials announced today as part of the conference’s tournament.

Also repeating is Cumberland coach Bill McCormick, who was selected by his peers as MSC Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year for a second straight season. McCormick led the Bulldogs to the regular season title in 2014.

Marcelo leads the 10-man all-conference first team while 11 additional student-athletes earned second team all-conference. The conference coaches selected the teams and individual honors by a vote. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players and ties were not broken.

Marcelo posted a 9-3 singles record during the 2014 regular season. He owns an 8-6 doubles mark heading into this afternoon’s tournament quarterfinal match. Marcelo has earned MSC Men’s Tennis Player of the Week honors twice this season.

Marcelo has helped the Bulldogs to a No. 6 national ranking and to 11 straight wins.

Bulldog women fall 5-3 in MSC quarters

GEORGETOWN, Ky. – Cumberland’s Alena Gizdić and Antea Dedić won their singles and doubles matches but the University of the Cumberlands posted singles victories at Nos. 1, 4 and 6 in a 5-3 win here on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Mid-South Conference Women’s Tennis Championships.

The Bulldogs (9-8) ended their season with the loss, their second to the Patriots (10-6) this year after a 6-3 defeat in Williamsburg in March. UC started with two wins in doubles, one by default at No. 3.

Sydni Grimes and Chanel Williams dominated at No. 2 doubles, winning eight straight games for the victory. The UC pair broke in the first game and never looked back, using multiple lobs that the wind helped fall in just before the end line on both ends of the court. The duo broke four times and won easily, 8-0, over Angelica Sepulveda and Franki Jecker.

Antea Dedić and Alena Gizdić got the Bulldogs on the board at No. 1 doubles, breaking at 1-all to take the early edge. UC’s Neesh

Thirumalaichelvam and Erin Hart squared the match at three with a break, but Dedić and Gizdić broke back and then never looked back, taking the final five games for an 8-3 victory, finishing it off with their fourth break of serve.

The Cumberlands picked up another point with a singles victory at No. 6, also by default.

Dedić was the first off the court, breaking serve six times and making quick work of Grimes at No. 3, 6-1, 6-1.

Hart and Jecker traded five breaks in the first set before Hart finally held serve to take the first set, 6-4. The UC junior then broke three times in the second set en route to the 6-4, 6-0, victory and a 4-2 edge for the Patriots.

Cumberland pulled within a point again when Gizdić registered a 6-0, 6-4, win at No. 2 over Williams. The Bulldog junior broke three times in the first set and led 3-2 in the second set before the two players traded breaks for the final five games, with Gizdić finishing off the match with her final break of serve.

Thirumalaichelvam, ranked 15th nationally, broke three times in the first set and won, 6-2, but 32nd-ranked Sepulveda played much better in the second set. Thirumalaichelvam finished off the set, 6-4, with Sepulveda’s final shot over the end line.

The Patriots also led in the other match on the court at No. 5, with Lindsay Collette jumping out to a 4-1 lead and holding on for a 6-4 first set over Tais Lacerda Bezerra. Bezerra was serving in the first game of the second set when the match ended.

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