Cumberland’s Antonio Manuel Marcelo was voted the NAIA Men’s Tennis Player of the Week on Wednesday after defeating a pair of ranked opponents in singles and helping the Bulldogs to a pair of victories.
Marcelo registered a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, win over Graceland’s ninth-ranked Birkir Gunnarson and won 6-3, 6-4, against Xavier [La.] University's 17th-ranked Kyle Montrel, his second victory this month over Montrel. The Cascais, Portugal, native is ranked 16th nationally in singles and has a 5-2 mark this spring in dual matches.
Marcelo and freshman Diogo Soares, ranked 10th in the country in doubles, lost 8-4 to fifth-ranked Razo Torres and Gunnarson but came back with an 8-2 victory against 12th-ranked Nikita Soifer and Montrel. Marcelo is now 4-3 this spring in doubles and 3-2 with Soares.
Cumberland will play host to St. Catharine today and then travel to the University of the Cumberlands on Saturday for Mid-South Conference matches this weekend.