LEBANON, Tenn. – The Cumberland men’s tennis team remained 16th nationally in the NAIA Men’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, the national office announced Tuesday, while Antonio Manuel Marcelo is ranked in singles and Marcelo and Evan Sanna garnered a national doubles ranking, also announced Tuesday by the ITA.
The Bulldogs (12-1) lost their first match of the season last week at 12th-ranked Lindsey Wilson but rebounded with a victory at 18th-ranked Lee University at the end of the week. CU has defeated three other ranked opponents this year and will play another, 19th-ranked Martin Methodist, on Friday.
Marcelo earned his first-ever national singles ranking at 29th after posting a 12-0 mark in dual matches, all at No. 1 in the lineup. The Cascais, Portugal, native has compiled a 14-3 overall singles record this academic year and has a pair of victories over ranked foes, including a 7-5, 5-7, 6-3, triumph over Lindsey Wilson’s seventh-ranked Fernando Bogajo.
Marcelo and Sanna, who were ranked seventh in the country in doubles in the Preseason and somehow fell out of the rankings in the first in-season poll in March, returned at 19th. The duo has registered a 17-4 overall mark this academic year, 11-1 in dual matches.
Cumberland plays at Bethel University on Wednesday and Martin Methodist on Friday before hosting Campbellsville University next Tuesday at the Tommy Gray Memorial Courts on campus. The Bulldogs will participate in the NAIA Qualifying Tournament on April 27-28 in Norcross, Ga., looking to earn an automatic berth into the NAIA Championships set for May 15-19 in Mobile, Ala.