Cumberland reaches MSC finals with 5-1 win

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:24 PM

GEORGETOWN, Ky. – Antonio Manuel Marcelo and Pablo Borrero each posted victories in singles and doubles in sixth-ranked Cumberland’s 5-1 win over Campbellsville in the semifinals of the Mid-South Conference Men’s Tennis Championships here Friday at the Lackey Tennis Center.

Cumberland (14-4) advances to face seventh-ranked Lindsey Wilson in the tournament finals on Saturday at 1 p.m. CDT. The Bulldogs defeated the Blue Raiders, 5-4, on April 9 in Columbia, Ky. CU won its 13th straight match overall with Friday’s victory against Campbellsville.

Borrero and Andres Burgos helped the Bulldogs start quickly in doubles, breaking in the fourth game for a 3-1 advantage and then again in the 10th game en route to an 8-3 triumph at No. 2 over Noah Swencki and Alejandro Soriano, but the Tigers (14-8) came right back to even the doubles.

Johan Fuzellier and Parker Jones broke at 3-all at No. 3, though Cumberland’s Garry Tokas and Diogo Soares broke right back thanks to a double fault, but Campbellsville’s duo broke again at 4-all, also with the help of a double fault, and won the final four games and the aid of another break for an 8-4 victory.

Marcelo and Pedro Rodrigues jumped out early at No. 1 for the Bulldogs, breaking in the second game and taking a 3-0 advantage, but Sebastian Marot and Zach Baulch answered with their own break to pull within, 3-2. Cumberland broke again in the sixth game, though and led 6-3 before the Campbellsville pair put together three straight games, including a break in the 11th game, and evened the match at 6-all.

Rodrigues held serve for a 7-6 edge and the Bulldogs broke again in the final game, taking it 8-6 for a 2-1 lead in the match after doubles.

In singles action Borrero made quick work of Marot at No. 2, breaking twice in each set for a 6-1, 6-2, victory. Soares was even better at No. 4 versus Jones, dropping just one game en route to a 6-1, 6-0, triumph.

Marcelo’s match at No. 1 against Soriano finished off the victory. The CU junior broke serve in the first game and the last game of the match, winning 6-2, 6-2, to send Cumberland into the finals of the conference tournament for the second straight season since joining the league. The club lost 5-3 to Lindsey Wilson in last year’s championship match.

The Bulldogs were up a set in two of the other three matches on the court as well, with Rodrigues breaking in the final game of the first set against Fuzellier at No. 3, though Fuzellier was up a break at 3-4 in the second set when the match ended. Tokas had just won the first, 6-1, versus Eduardo Mendoza at No. 6 and Burgos and Baulch were 3-all at No. 5.

Five CU men's tennis players named All-MSC

GEORGETOWN, Ky. – Pablo Borrero, Antonio Manuel Marcelo and Pedro Rodrigues were all voted first team All-Mid-South Conference and Andres Burgos and Diogo Soares both earned second team honors, as announced here Thursday by the league office during the conference championships.

Borrero posted a 12-3 dual match singles mark, mostly at No. 2, and was 10-6 in doubles during the regular season for the Bulldogs. The Pereira, Colombia, native has won 10 of his last 11 singles outings after Thursday’s victory over Bluefield’s Lochlan Kitchen in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament, and Borrero and Burgos have registered 10 straight doubles wins with Thursday’s triumph against Bluefield.

Marcelo, ranked 12th nationally in singles, 19th in doubles and the No. 1 player for the squad in both singles and doubles, has recorded a 9-4 mark in dual match singles this spring, including 3-2 versus ranked opponents. The Cascais, Portugal, native is 9-7 in doubles, 1-2 against ranked foes.

Rodrigues got off to a rough start in singles this spring, dropping his first five outings, including a pair in three sets, but the Batalha, Portugal, native has registered 11 wins in his last 12 matches after Thursday’s victory over Bluefield’s Carlton Tugman. He posted a 10-5 record in dual match doubles as well, including 3-1 with Marcelo at No. 1.

Burgos lost his first two dual matches this spring but has reeled off 12 straight wins after Thursday’s 6-0, 6-0, triumph over Bluefield’s Chas Stonestreet. The Mexico City, Mexico, native registered a 12-4 doubles mark as well, almost all of those with Borrero.

Soares has perhaps made the biggest splash for the squad, especially as a freshman, racking up a 12-2 dual match singles record that includes a nine-match winning streak. He was 10-5 in doubles as well, including 5-1 with freshman Garry Tokas.

Dedić, Sepulveda earn first team All-MSC honors

GEORGETOWN, Ky. – Angelica Sepulveda and Antea Dedić were both named first team All-Mid-South Conference in a vote of league coaches announced here Thursday by the league office during the conference championships.

Dedić led the Bulldogs with a 13-3 dual match singles mark after a 6-1, 6-1, victory over Sydni Grimes in Thursday’s quarterfinals of the Mid-South Conference Championships. The Split, Croatia, native compiled a 11-5 doubles mark as well at No. 1 with Alena Gizdić.

Sepulveda, ranked 32nd nationally in singles, posted an 8-6 singles record this spring, including five losses to players ranked in the Top 20. The Bucaramanga, Colombia, native was 13-4 in dual match doubles with Franki Jecker.

Cumberland dropped a 5-3 decision to the University of the Cumberlands in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament on Thursday, ending its season 9-8 overall, 5-3 in MSC play.

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