Cumberland junior Antonio Manuel Marcelo was voted first team All-American and sophomore Pablo Borrero earned second team honors, as announced by the NAIA this week.
Marcelo was a second team All-American in 2013 and garnered first team accolades this season after posting a 16-5 overall mark in singles and an 11-9 record in doubles. The Cascais, Portugal, native finished the year 5-2 versus ranked opponents in singles, including a pair of victories over Xavier [La.] University’s Kyle Montrel, Lindsey Wilson’s Edberg Espinoza, Graceland University’s Birkir Gunnarson and Concordia’s fifth-ranked Christian Wickenhauser in the national tournament. He was also up a set when the match was stopped against Georgia Gwinnett’s fourth-ranked Mark Verryth.
Borrero ended the year 18-6 in singles and 14-7 in doubles, playing at No. 2 in the lineup in both singles and doubles for most of the spring. The Pereira, Colombia, native won 12 of his final 15 singles matches, including a straight-set victory against Concordia’s 37th-ranked Jan Guler in the national tournament.
Cumberland lost in the quarterfinals of the NAIA Championships for the second straight season, this time to eventual national champion Georgia Gwinnett. The Bulldogs were ranked in the top 10 the entire spring and the squad was ranked sixth in the final regular season poll.