Cumberland ended the season ranked sixth in the NAIA men’s tennis coaches’ postseason top 25 poll, the national office announced this week.
The No. 6 ranking this season for the club is the highest in program history.
The Bulldogs reached the NAIA National Tournament for the third straight season and lost in the quarterfinals for the second consecutive year, this time to eventual national champion Georgia Gwinnett. CU started the season 1-4 before reeling off 13 straight victories, including wins over 13th-ranked Graceland, No. 7 Xavier [La.] University, sixth-ranked Lindsey Wilson, No. 18 Bethel and 21st-ranked Pikeville.
Cumberland won the Mid-South Conference regular season championship, the third regular season title in four years for the program. Junior Antonio Manuel Marcelo was voted MSC Player of the Year and Bill McCormick was named Coach of the Year.
Marcelo earned First Team All-America honors this week as well and sophomore Pablo Borrero was a Second Team selection. Cumberland was ranked in the top 10 all season, starting the year at No. 8 on Jan. 28 before moving up to seventh in February and finally sixth on April 15.
Smith, Legge named NAIA Scholar-Athletes
Cumberland senior Kayla Smith and junior Katie Legge were named Daktronics-NAIA Women’s Golf Scholar-Athletes, as announced by the national office this week.
Student-athletes must be a junior or senior academically and maintain a 3.50 grade-point-average or above to be eligible for the award.
Smith graduated this month with a 3.89 GPA in management, while Legge carries a 3.51, also in management. It marks the second straight year Smith was honored with the award. A total of 118 student-athletes from 65 institutions were named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.