Bulldogs win season opener, 9-0
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Bulldogs win season opener, 9-0
Pedro Rodrigues claimed victories in singles and doubles Tuesday at the University of the South. (Credit Chuck Thompson)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland swept the singles and doubles and defeated the University of the South, 9-0, in men’s tennis action Tuesday in Sewanee, Tenn.

The Bulldogs (1-0) won the opening match of the year for both teams with three victories in doubles and six wins in singles, all in straight sets.

In doubles seventh-ranked Evan Sanna and Antonio Manual Marcelo defeated Grant Hopkins and Levi Joy, 8-4, at No. 1, while Na’im Azhar and Pedro Rodrigues won 8-6 at No. 2 over Rand Jackson and Alex Cooper and Devin Crotzer and Andres Burgos claimed an 8-5 triumph at No. 3 against Alex Human and Aaron Cotton.

In singles Marcelo posted a 6-3, 7-5, victory over Jackson at No. 1, Azhar won 6-4, 6-0, against Hopkins at No. 2 and Sanna defeated Joy, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 3. Rodrigues recorded a 6-4, 6-2, win at No. 4 over Cotton, Burgos posted a 6-1, 6-2, victory against Human at No. 5 and Jeremy Fleming won 6-2, 6-4, at No. 6 against Cooper.

Cumberland does not play again until March 4 when CU will take on Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., as part of a Spring Break trip that will includes matches against Warner University and Webber International.

Cumberland Univ. 9, Univ. of the South 0
SINGLES

1. Antonio Manual Marcelo (CU) def. Rand Jackson (SEW), 6-3, 7-5
2. Na’im Azhar (CU) def. Grant Hopkins (SEW), 6-4, 6-0
3. Evan Sanna (CU) def. Levi Joy (SEW), 6-1, 6-1
4. Pedro Rodrigues (CU) def. Aaron Cotton (SEW), 6-4, 6-2
5. Andres Burgos (CU) def. David Human (SEW), 6-1, 6-2
6. Jeremy Fleming (CU) def. Alex Cooper (SEW), 6-2, 6-4

DOUBLES
1. (7) Sanna-Marcelo (CU) def. Hopkins-Joy (SEW), 8-4
2. Azhar-Rodrigues (CU) def. Jackson-Cooper (SEW), 8-6
3. Devin Crotzer-Burgos (CU) def. Human-Cotton (SEW), 8-5