Men's tennis takes down No. 17 Graceland
Friday, March 8, 2013
Men's tennis takes down No. 17 Graceland
Pedro Rodrigues won a pair of decisions over ranked opponents Friday in CU's 8-1 victory against Graceland University. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Pedro Rodrigues and Pablo Borrero each posted singles victories over ranked opponents and Rodrigues and Antonio Manuel Marcelo won their doubles match over a ranked foe as well in 11th-ranked Cumberland’s 8-1 victory over No. 17 Graceland University on Friday in the first round of the AUM Spring Invitational in Montgomery, Ala.

The Bulldogs (3-0) advance to take on 10th-ranked Xavier University on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Cumberland started strong, with the 10th-ranked duo of Marcelo and Rodrigues posting an 8-4 win over Graceland’s No. 8 tandem of Raul Mandez and Juan Jose Mateus at No. 1, but David Uquillas and Oscar Chang Tun Jie recorded an 8-4 victory at No. 2 against CU’s Andres Burgos and Sebastian Nava. The Bulldogs picked up another doubles point at No. 3, with Jeremy Fleming and Borrero winning in a tiebreaker over Brezile Hamilton and Rodolfo Sanchez.

Cumberland won all six singles outings, five in straight sets, to put the match away.

Rodriguez posted a 6-1, 6-2, victory over 25th-ranked Mendez at No. 1, while Borrero outlasted No. 29 Uquillas, 6-3, 4-6, 10-6, at No. 2. Burgos claimed a 6-4, 7-5, win at No. 3 against Sanchez and Nava won 7-6 (1), 6-4, at No. 4 versus Mateus.

Fleming recorded a 6-2, 6-4, triumph at No. 5 over Ignacio Osse and Cristhian Hernandez was victorious at No. 6 versus Chang Tun Jie, 6-2, 6-4.

#11 Cumberland Univ. 8, #17 Graceland Univ. 1
1. Pedro Rodrigues (CU) def. #25 Raul Mendez (GU), 6-1, 6-2
2. Pablo Borrero (CU) def. #29 David Uquillas (GU), 6-3, 4-6, 10-6
3. Andres Burgos (CU) def. Rodolfo Sanchez (GU), 6-4, 7-5
4. Sebastian Nava (CU) def. Juan Jose Mateus (GU), 7-6 (1), 6-4
5. Jeremy Fleming (CU) def. Ignacio Osse (GU), 6-2, 6-4
6. Cristhian Hernandez (CU) def. Oscar Chang Tun Jie (GU), 6-2, 6-4

1. #10 Antonio Manuel Marcelo-Rodrigues (CU) def. #8 Mendez-Mateus (GU), 8-4
2. Uquillas-Chang Tun Jie (GU) def. Burgos-Nava (CU), 8-4
3. Fleming-Borrero (CU) def. Brezile Hamilton-Sanchez (GU), 8-7 (6)