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)