Phoenix women take down No. 23 Olivet Nazarene
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Phoenix women take down No. 23 Olivet Nazarene
Freshman Ana MarĂ­a Collazos won her singles match in CU's 7-2 victory Friday versus Olivet Nazarene. (Credit Bob Tamboli)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Ainhoa Garijo Garrido and Belén Salazar Yañez each registered singles wins in three sets, helping 19th-ranked Cumberland to a 7-2 victory over No 23 Olivet Nazarene in women’s tennis action Friday at the Tommy Gray Memorial Courts. The Phoenix dropped a 6-1 exhibition decision to Belmont University later in the day Friday.

Cumberland (5-6) is back at home this Wednesday (aa match originally scheduled for Sunday) at 1 p.m. versus Martin Methodist.

The Phoenix won 2-of-3 doubles outings versus Olivet Nazarne, though the Tigers won the first completed match, with Dana Huck and Amanda Eberly recording an 8-4 win over Jasmine Shankar and Marianela Landi.

Stefanie Navaratnam and Salazar Yañez posted an 8-4 victory at No. 3 versus Mikaela Coose and Anna Belschner before Garijo Garrido and Joana Bou defeated Victoria Monakhova and Anna Kuechenberg, 8-5, at No. 1.

Landi collected a 6-3, 7-6 (4), win against Huck at No. 2 before Garijo Garrido registered a 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, victory over Monakhova at No. 1. Salazar Yañez came back for a 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, win over Belschnber at No. 3.

Shankar posted an 8-1 victory at No. 5 versus Eberly and Ana María Collazos won 8-6 at No. 6 against Coose. Kuechenberg collected the other point for ONU with an 8-6 triumph at No. 4 over Bou.

Belmont (4-8) won all three doubles matches, starting with Drew Hawkins and Erin Allen with a 6-4 victory at No. 1 versus Garijo Garrido and Landi. Sarah Brackin and Mical Johnson recorded a 6-2, win against Navaratnam and Salazar Yañez at No. 3 Maria Plaksina and Terra Sheldon defeated Shankar and Collazos, 6-2, at No. 2.

Hawkins posted a 6-1, 6-2, victory at No. 2 singles over Landi before Garijo Garrijo defeated Plaksina, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 1 for Cumberland’s only point of the match.

Nikki Christiansen registered a 6-1, 6-1, win at No. 6 versus Navartanam, while Allen posted a 6-3, 6-3, triumph at No. 3 against Salazar Yañez. Collazos won the first set but retired with an injury at No. 5 versus Brackin and Sheldon outlasted Shankar, at No. 4, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6.

#19 Cumberland University 7, #23 Olivet Nazarene 2
1. #14 Ainhoa Garijo Garrijo (CU) def. Victoria Monakhova (ONU), 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
2. Marianela Landi (CU) def. Dana Huck (ONU), 6-3, 7-6 (4)
3. Belén Salazar Yañez (CU) def. Anna Belschner (ONU), 1-6, 6-3, 6-2
4. Anna Kuechenberg (ONU) def. Joana Bou (CU), 8-6
5. Jasmine Shankar (CU) def. Amanda Eberly (ONU), 8-1
6. Ana María Collazos (CU) def. Mikaela Coose (ONU), 8-6

1. Garijo Garrido-Bou (CU) def. Monakhova-Kuechenberg (ONU), 8-5
2. Huck-Eberly (ONU) def. Shankar-Landi (CU), 8-2
3. Stefanie Navaratnam-Salazar Yanez (CU) def. Coose-Belschner (ONU), 8-4
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,1,3,5,4,6)

Belmont University 6, #19 Cumberland University 1
1. #14 Ainhoa Garijo Garrijo (CU) def. Maria Plaksina (BEL), 6-2, 6-2
2. Drew Hawkins (BEL) def. Marianela Landi (CU), 6-1, 6-2
3. Erin Allen (BEL) def. Belén Salazar Yañez (CU), 6-3, 6-3
4. Terra Sheldon (BEL) def. Jasmine Shankar (CU), 6-2, 2-6, 7-6
5. Sarah Brackin (BEL) def. Ana María Collazos (CU), 6-7, retired
6. Nikki Christiansen (BEL) def. Stefanie Navaratnam (CU), 6-1, 6-1

1. Hawkins-Allen (BEL) def. Garijo Garrido-Landi (CU), 6-4
2. Plaksina-Sheldon (BEL) def. Shankar-Collazos (CU), 6-2
3. Johnson-Brackin (BEL) def. Navaratnam-Salazar Yañez (CU), 6-2
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,1,6,3,5,4)