CU tennis falls 5-4 versus Xavier
Saturday, March 9, 2013
CU tennis falls 5-4 versus Xavier

LEBANON, Tenn. – Jeremy Fleming posted a singles victory and Antonio Manuel Marcelo and Pedro Rodrigues won in doubles, but 10th-ranked Xavier registered wins at the top four spots in singles, edging No. 11 Cumberland, 5-4, in men’s tennis action Sunday at Lagoon Park in the AUM Spring Invitational in Montgomery, Ala.

The Bulldogs (3-1) will take on Emory University on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. to conclude play in the tournament while Xavier (6-4) will battle host Auburn Montgomery for the tourney championship.

Manuel Marcelo and Rodrigues, ranked 10th nationally in doubles, defeated Loic Didavi andKyle Montrel, 8-6, at No. 1 doubles and the Bulldogs won by default at No. 3, but Xavier’s Nikita Soifer and Victor Svoboda posted an 8-2 victory at No. 2 against Pablo Borrero and Sebastian Nava.

In singles the Gold Rush registered two victories in three sets to take the match.

Didavi defeated Rodrigues, 6-3, 6-4, at No. 1 and 41st-ranked Soifer came back to beat Borrero, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 2. Montrel took care of Burgos at No. 3, 6-2, 6-2, but 29th-ranked Swoboda also overcame a one-set deficit at No. 4 against Nava, recording a 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4, triumph.

Fleming defeated Benjamin Brading, 7-6 (3), 6-2, at No. 5 and Cristhian Hernandez won by default at No. 6.

#10 Xavier [LA] Univ. 5, #11 Cumberland Univ. 4
SINGLES
1. Loic Didavi (XAV) def. Pedro Rodrigues (CU), 6-3, 6-4
2. #41 Nikita Soifer (XAV) def. Pablo Borrero (CU), 5-7, 6-2, 6-4
3. Kyle Montrel (XAV) def. Andres Burgos (CU), 6-2, 6-2
4. #29 Victor Swoboda (XAV) def. Sebastian Nava (CU), 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4
5. Jeremy Fleming (CU) def. Benjamin Brading (XAV), 7-6 (3), 6-2
6. Cristhian Hernandez (CU) won by default

DOUBLES
1. #10 Antonio Manuel Marcelo-Rodrigues (CU) def. Didavi-Montrel (XAV), 8-6
2. Soifer-Svoboda (XAV) def. Borrero-Nava (CU), 8-2
3. Burgos-Fleming (CU) won by default