LEBANON, Tenn. – Ainhoa Garijo Garrido and Jasmine Shankar combined for a doubles victory and each won singles matches, but 14th-ranked Middle Georgia State posted two doubles wins and won three consecutive singles outings in a 5-4 triumph over No. 22 Cumberland on Tuesday at the 38th Annual NAIA Women’s Tennis Championships in Mobile, Ala.
Cumberland (13-11) ends its season with the defeat but put up a great fight against the Knights (11-6), who defeated the Phoenix, 5-1, earlier in the season.
Garijo Garrido and Shankar started the doubles with an 8-1 win over Lara Persiani and Laura Cocoma at No. 2, but MGA’s Andjela Rajovic and Jacqueline Heer posted an 8-5 victory at No. 2 over Marianela Landi and Stefanie Navaratnam before Preeti Gokhale and Franziska Nobis collected an 8-3 triumph at No. 1 against Ana María Collazos and Joana Bou.
Middle Georgia registered the first two completed singles outings to take a 4-1 lead in the match, with Persiani defeating Navaratnam, 6-3, 6-0, at No. 5 and Heer winning 6-2, 6-0, at No. 4 over Bou.
Fourteenth-ranked Garijo Garrido collected a 6-2, 6-2, victory at No. 1 versus 49th-ranked Gokhale, but Nobis finished off the team victory for the Knights with a 6-2, 6-1, win at No. 3 against Collazos.
Shankar defeated Cocoma, 6-4, 6-3, at No. 6 and Landi outlasted Rajovic, 1-6, 6-4, 11-9, at No. 2 in the final two matches on the court.
#14 Middle Georgia State 5, #22 Cumberland University 4
1. #14 Ainhoa Garijo Garrido (CU) def. #49 Preeti Gokhale (MGA), 6-2, 6-2
2. Marianela Landi (CU) def. Andjela Rajovic (MGA), 1-6, 6-4, 11-9
3. Franziska Nobis (MGA) def. Ana María Collazos (CU), 6-2, 6-1
4. Jacqueline Heer (MGA) def. Joana Bou (CU), 6-2, 6-0
5. Lara Persiani (MGA) def. Stefanie Navaratnam (CU), 6-3, 6-0
6. Jasmine Shankar (CU) def. Laura Cocoma (MGA), 6-4, 6-3
1. Gokhale-Nobis (MGA) def. Collazos-Bou (CU), 8-3
2. Garijo Garrido-Shankar (CU) def. Persiani-Cocoma (MGA), 8-1
3. Rajovic-Heer (MGA) def. Landi-Navaratnam (CU), 8-5
Order of Finish – Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,4,1,3,6,2)