GEORGETOWN, Ky. — Antonio Manuel Marcelo reached the semifinals in singles and Marcelo and Diogo Soares lost in the semifinals in doubles, leading the Cumberland men’s tennis team at the ITA Southeast Regional this past weekend.
The tournament is the only fall competition for the club.
Marcelo led seven men’s players for the Bulldogs, with the team posting a 10-5 singles record and a 3-2 mark in doubles. The junior from Cascais, Portugal, did not drop a game in his opening-round victory over Bluefield College’s Carlton Tugman and fought off Lindsey Wilson’s Francisco Charters, 7-6, 5-0, retired, in the Round of 32.
He won 6-2, 7-5, against Asbury University’s Nathan Schley in the Round of 16 and posted a 6-1, 6-2, triumph over teammate Pablo Borrero, in the quarterfinals before dropping a 6-1, 6-1, decision to Ariez Heshaam from the University of the Cumberlands in the semifinals.
Borrero registered three victories before running into Marcelo, defeating Campbellsville University’s Austin Spalding, 6-4, 6-1, and St. Catharine College’s Ethan Rowton, 7-6, 6-4, in the first two rounds. He won 6-1, 6-2, versus Campbellsville’s Pontus Blom in the Round of 16 before falling to Marcelo in the quarterfinals.
Soares won twice in singles, including 6-0, 6-1, over Georgetown College’s Josh Clay and 6-1, 6-1, versus Martin Methodist’s Farith Lozano before falling to Lindsey Wilson’s Fernando Bogajo, the eventual tournament champion, 6-1, 6-2, in the Round of 16.
Andres Burgos collected a 6-0, 6-1, victory over Pawel Tarasewicz from the University of Pikeville in the first round before dropping a 6-2, 6-1, decision to Bogajo in the Round of 32. CU’s other three singles players – Nathan Albright, Pedro Rodrigues and Dylan Nelson – all lost in the Round of 64.
In doubles, Marcelo and Soares blanked Milligan College’s Jackson Lenoir and Colin Bumann in the Round of 16 and won 8-4 versus Campbellsville’s Blom and Alejandro Soriano before droping 8-1 to Lindsey Wilson’s Edberg Espinoza and Fabricio Morales in the semifinals.
Burgos and Rodrigues registered an 8-4 win in the Round of 16 against Campbellsville’s Sebastian Marot and Zach Baulch before falling by the same score to Bethel University’s Peter Baca and Robin Demasse in the quarterfinals.