Cumberland men sweep Cumberlands, Blue Mountain
Friday, April 13, 2018
Cumberland men sweep Cumberlands, Blue Mountain
Pau Grabuleda CruaƱas picked up two doubles and two singles wins Friday in victories over the Cumberlands and Blue Mountain. (Credit Bob Tamboli)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland men’s tennis swept the doubles and never looked back in two wins Friday, with the seventh-ranked Phoenix posting a 6-3 victory over the University of the Cumberlands and a 9-0 win versus Blue Mountain College at the Tommy Gray Memorial Courts.

Cumberland (18-2, 5-1 Mid-South) recorded all three doubles points against the Cumberlands in Friday’s first match, with 17th-ranked Pau Grabuleda Cruañas and Francisco Fernandez Meaca collecting an 8-3 win over Aatu Merenheimo and Luis Montull at No. 1.

Ramon Puertolas and Riccardo Ferraris won by the same score at No. 3 versus Rodrigo Ratte and Eric Banoub before Thiago Lopes and Axel Lucich posted an 8-4 victory at No. 2 against Patrick Oliveira and Martin Barbier.

The Phoenix won the first three completed singles matches to finish off the team victory, retiring in the remaining singles outings because of a second match on Friday.

Puertolas, ranked 24th nationally in singles, defeated Merenheimo, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 2 and seventh-ranked Grabuleda Cruañas won 6-1, 6-4, over Barbier at No. 1 for the deciding point. Ferraris recorded a 6-3, 6-4, triumph at No. 3 against Yusuke Matsuoka.

The Patriots’ Montull defeated Fernandez Meaca, 4-1, retired, at No. 4, while Ratte led Lopes, 7-3, at No. 5 and Banoub was ahead of Lucich, 4-3, at No. 6.

Ferraris and Puertolas got things started against Blue Mountain, blanking Zaen Harbin and Max Mattaliano at No. 2. Grabuleda Cruañas and Omar Santiagonúñez Ahumada collected an 8-2 win at No. 2 versus Casey Cagle and Dylan Austin and Lopes and Lucich posted an 8-4 victory at No. 1 over John Jimenez and Zak Harbin.

Ferraris did not lose a game in defeating Cagle at No. 3 singles and Puertolas did the same against Zak Harbin at No. 2. Grabuleda Cruañas registered a 6-3, 6-2, win at No. 1 against Jimenez.

The final three matches were all pro set won 8-0 by the Phoenix, with Lopes over Zaen Harbin at No. 4, Lucich against Eli Puckett at No. 5 and Santiagonúñez Ahumada versus Austin at No. 6.

Cumberland plays again next Friday in the quarterfinals of the Mid-South Conference Championships in Bowling Green, Ky.

#7 Cumberland University 9, Blue Mountain College 0
SINGLES

1. #7 Pau Grabuleda Cruañas (CU) def. John Jimenez (BMC), 6-3, 6-2
2. #24 Ramon Puertolas (CU) def. Zak Harbin (BMC), 6-0, 6-0
3. Riccardo Ferraris (CU) def. Casey Cagle (BMC), 6-0, 6-0
4. Thiago Lopes (CU) def. Zaen Harbin (BMC), 8-0
5. Axel Lucich (CU) def. Eli Puckett (BMC), 8-0
6. Omar Santiagonúñez Ahumada (CU) def. Dylan Austin (BMC), 8-0

DOUBLES
1. Lopes-Lucich (CU) def. Jimenez-Zak Harbin (BMC), 8-4
2. Ferraris-Puertolas (CU) def. Zaen Harbin-Max Mattaliano (BMC), 8-0
3. Grabuleda Cruañas-Santiagonúñez Ahumada (CU) def. Cagle-Austin (BMC), 8-2
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,2,1,6,4,5)

#7 Cumberland University 6, University of the Cumberlands 3
SINGLES

1. #7 Pau Grabuleda Cruañas (CU) def. Martin Barbier (UC), 6-1, 6-4
2. #24 Ramon Puertolas (CU) def. Aatu Merenheimo (UC), 6-1, 6-2
3. Riccardo Ferraris (CU) def. Yusuke Matsuoka (UC), 6-3, 6-4
4. Luis Montull (UC) def. Francisco Fernandez Meaca (CU), 4-1, retired
5. Rodrigo Ratte (UC) def. Thiago Lopes (CU), 7-3, retired
6. Eric Banoub (UC) def. Axel Lucich (CU), 4-3, retired

DOUBLES
1. #17 Grabuleda Cruañas-Fernandez Meaca (CU) def. Merenhaimo-Montull (UC), 8-3
2. Lopes-Lucich (CU) def. Patrick Oliveira-Barbier (UC), 8-4
3. Ferraris-Puertolas (CU) def. Ratte-Banoub (UC), 8-3
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,1,4,3,6,5)