Phoenix women split final regular season matches
Friday, April 13, 2018
Phoenix women split final regular season matches
Senior Jasmine Shankar (far right) won all four of her matches on Senior Day Friday versus the Cumberlands and Blue Mountain. (Credit Bob Tamboli)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland dropped singles matches at Nos. 2-5 in a 5-4 loss to the University of the Cumberlands but the 20th-ranked Phoenix rebounded with a 9-0 victory over Blue Mountain College in women’s tennis action Friday at the Tommy Gray Memorial Courts.

Cumberland (12-9, 3-3 Mid-South) ended the regular season with Friday’s two matches.

The Phoenix won a pair of doubles outings against the Cumberlands, with Ainhoa Garijo Garrido and Marianela Landi posting an 8-3 victory at No. 1 over Jaclyn Jewell and Tomomi Nagao, but the Patriots’ Denee Lyttle and Luke Lyttle registered an 8-1 triumph at No. 3 against Stefanie Navaratnam and Joana Bou.

Cumberland’s Jasmine Shankar and Ana María Collazos put the Phoenix ahead, 2-1, after doubles with an 8-3 win at No. 2 versus Haley Mahan and Hannah Wampler.

Nagao evened the match with a 6-4, 6-1, victory at No. 2 against Landi, but 14th-ranked Garijo Garrido pushed the Phoenix ahead once again with a 6-3, 6-3, win at No. 1 over Jewell. Denee Lyttle defeated Belén Salazar Yañez, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 3, squaring the match at three.

Luka Lyttle’s 6-2, 6-4, triumph at No. 4 versus Collazos gave the Patriots their first lead, but Shankar registered a 6-0, 6-2, victory at No. 6 against Wampler, leaving only Marian Bogajo and Bou on the court. Bogajo pulled out a 6-3, 6-2, win in the deciding match for a 5-4 team victory.

Cumberland posted 8-1 victories in all three doubles matches against Blue Mountain.

Garijo Garrido and Shankar defeated Piper Johnson and Andria Barnes at No. 2, while Collazos and Landi recorded a win versus Anna Mills and Maegan Trexler at No. 1 and Navaratnam and Bou collected the victory against Mattie Mills and Attie Finley.

Garijo Garrido did not lose a game in a win at No. 1 over Meredith Murphy in singles and Landi won by the same score at No. 2 against Emily Standard. Bou collected an 8-4 victory at No. 4 versus Mattie Mills and Collazos outlasted Barnes, 6-1, 3-6, 10-4, at No. 3.

Navaratnam registered an 8-0 victory at No. 5 against Johnson and Shankar, the team’s only senior, finished off Senior Day with an 8-1 win at No. 6 over Finley.

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

University of the Cumberlands 5, #20 Cumberland University 4

1. #14 Ainhoa Garijo Garrido (CU) def. Jaclyn Jewell (UC), 6-3, 6-3
2. Tomomi Nagao (UC) def. Marianela Landi (CU), 6-4, 6-1
3. Denee Lyttle (UC) def. Belén Salazar Yañez (CU), 6-2, 6-4
4. Luka Lyttle (UC) def. Ana María Collazos (CU), 6-3, 6-2
5. Marian Bogajo (UC) def. Joana Bou (CU), 6-0, 6-4
6. Jasmine Shankar (CU) def. Hannah Wampler (UC), 6-0, 6-2

1. Garijo Garrido-Landi (CU) def. Jewell-Nagao (UC), 8-3
2. Shankar-Collazos (CU) def. Haley Mahan-Wampler (UC), 8-3
3. D. Lyttle-L. Lyttle (UC) def. Stefanie Navaratnam-Bou (CU), 8-1
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,1,3,4,6,5)

#20 Cumberland University 9, Blue Mountain College 0

1. #14 Ainhoa Garijo Garrido (CU) def. Meredith Murphy (BMC), 6-0, 6-0
2. Marianela Landi (CU) def. Emily Standard (BMC), 6-0, 6-0
3. Ana María Collazos (CU) def. Andria Barnes (BMC), 6-1, 3-6, 10-4
4. Joana Bou (CU) def. Mattie Mills (BMC), 8-4
5. Stefanie Navaratnam (CU) def. Piper Johnson (BMC), 8-0
6. Jasmine Shankar (CU) def. Attie Finley (BMC), 8-1

1. Collazos-Landi (CU) def. Maegan Trexler-Anna Mills (BMC), 8-1
2. Shankar-Garijo Garrido (CU) def. Johnson-Barnes (BMC), 8-1
3. Navaratnam-Bou (CU) def. M. Mills-Finley (BMC), 8-1
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,2,4,3,5,6)