COLUMBIA, Ky. — Second-ranked Lindsey Wilson swept all five singles matches in straight sets and won all three doubles outings, posting a 9-0 victory over Cumberland in women’s tennis action Wednesday.
The Bulldogs (5-6, 1-2 Mid-South) were unable to break through against the Blue Raiders (9-4, 6-0), who are undefeated against NAIA competition this season.
Sarah Bernos and Anna Gaprindashvili defeated Alena Gizdić and Antea Dedić, 8-6, at No. 1 doubles and Alejandra Galvis and Alicia Rodriguez won 8-4 at No. 2 over Franki Jecker and Angelica Sepulveda.
In singles 19th-ranked Galvis posted a 6-4, 6-2, victory over No. 32 Sepulveda at No. 1, while 28th-ranked Bernos won 6-1, 6-0, versus Gizdić at No. 2 and 21st-ranked Rodriguez defeated Dedić, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 3. King, ranked 30th, collected a 6-4, 6-2, win versus Jecker at No. 4 and Gaprindashvili recorded a 6-1, 6-0, victory against Tais Lacerda Bezerra at No. 5.
Cumberland will play at Georgetown College on Saturday before returning home April 15 to take on Campbellsville at 2 p.m. at the Tommy Gray Memorial Courts.
Burgos, Soares help CU pull out 5-4 win
COLUMBIA, Ky. — Andres Burgos and Diogo Soares helped seventh-ranked Cumberland come from behind with singles victories in the final two matches on the court, as the seventh-ranked Bulldogs posted a 5-4 win over No. 6 Lindsey Wilson on Wednesday.
Cumberland (7-4, 3-0 Mid-South) lost 5-4 and 5-3 to the Blue Raiders last season in matches that lasted over five hours on both occasions. It ended a four-match losing streak to LWC and CU improved to 3-9 all-time versus Lindsey Wilson (9-2, 4-1) since the 2001 season.
The Blue Raiders won the first doubles match, with Pablo Vilches and Edberg Espinoza posting an 8-4 win at No. 3 over Pedro Rodrigues and Garry Tokas, but 10th-ranked Antonio Manuel Marcelo and Soares evened the doubles with an 8-6 victory at No. 1 over Ignacio Huertas and Raul Mendez. Pablo Borrero and Burgos gave the Bulldogs an early lead with a 9-7 triumph at No. 2 against eighth-ranked Francisco Charters and Fabricio Morales.
Sixteenth-ranked Marcelo pushed the advantage to 3-1 with a 6-2, 6-1, victory at No. 1 over Mendez, but Lindsey Wilson stormed back to take the lead with three straight wins.
Espinoza, ranked 18th nationally, defeated Borrero, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 2, while 43rd-ranked Morales won 6-1, 6-4, versus Rodrigues at No. 3 and Vilches claimed a 6-3, 6-4, victory against Tokas at No. 6.
Burgos evened the match once again with a 6-4, 6-4, win at No. 5 versus Huertas, leaving the deciding match on the court between Soares at Charters at No. 4. LWC won the opening set, 6-3, but the Cumberland freshman squared the match with a 6-4 second-set win. He then broke Charters and took a 3-0 lead in the final set en route to a 6-1 final score and the team victory for the Bulldogs.
Cumberland will play at Georgetown College on Saturday before returning home April 15 to take on Campbellsville at 2 p.m. at the Tommy Gray Memorial Courts. CU will play three of its final four regular season matches at home, including April 19 versus Pikeville and April 22 against Bethel.