Marcelo, Soares lead Bulldogs in ITA Regional
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Marcelo, Soares lead Bulldogs in ITA Regional
Antonio Manuel Marcelo reached the semifinals in singles and doubles at this past weekend's ITA Southeast Regional in Georgetown, Ky. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Antonio Manuel Marcelo reached the semifinals in singles and Marcelo and Diogo Soares lost in the semifinals in doubles, leading the Cumberland men’s tennis team at the ITA Southeast Regional this past weekend in Georgetown, Ky. The tournament is the only fall competition for the club.

Marcelo led seven men’s players for the Bulldogs, with the team posting a 10-5 singles record and a 3-2 mark in doubles. The junior from Cascais, Portugal, did not drop a game in his opening-round victory over Bluefield College’s Carlton Tugman and fought off Lindsey Wilson’s Francisco Charters, 7-6, 5-0, retired, in the Round of 32.

He won 6-2, 7-5, against Asbury University’s Nathan Schley in the Round of 16 and posted a 6-1, 6-2, triumph over teammate Pablo Borrero, in the quarterfinals before dropping a 6-1, 6-1, decision to Ariez Heshaam from the University of the Cumberlands in the semifinals.

Borrero registered three victories before running into Marcelo, defeating Campbellsville University’s Austin Spalding, 6-4, 6-1, and St. Catharine College’s Ethan Rowton, 7-6, 6-4, in the first two rounds. He won 6-1, 6-2, versus Campbellsville’s Pontus Blom in the Round of 16 before falling to Marcelo in the quarterfinals.

Soares won twice in singles, including 6-0, 6-1, over Georgetown College’s Josh Clay and 6-1, 6-1, versus Martin Methodist’s Farith Lozano before falling to Lindsey Wilson’s Fernando Bogajo, the eventual tournament champion, 6-1, 6-2, in the Round of 16.

Andres Burgos collected a 6-0, 6-1, victory over Pawel Tarasewicz from the University of Pikeville in the first round before dropping a 6-2, 6-1, decision to Bogajo in the Round of 32. CU’s other three singles players – Nathan Albright, Pedro Rodrigues and Dylan Nelson – all lost in the Round of 64.

In doubles, Marcelo and Soares blanked Milligan College’s Jackson Lenoir and Colin Bumann in the Round of 16 and won 8-4 versus Campbellsville’s Blom and Alejandro Soriano before droping 8-1 to Lindsey Wilson’s Edberg Espinoza and Fabricio Morales in the semifinals.

Burgos and Rodrigues registered an 8-4 win in the Round of 16 against Campbellsville’s Sebastian Marot and Zach Baulch before falling by the same score to Bethel University’s Peter Baca and Robin Demasse in the quarterfinals.

MEN – SINGLES
Round of 64
Andres Burgos (CU) def. Pawel Tarasewicz (Pikeville), 6-0, 6-1
Diogo Soares (CU) def. Josh Clay (Georgetown), 6-0, 6-1
Alejandro Soriano (Campbellsville) def. Nathan Albright (CU), 6-0, 6-0
Ariez Heshaam (U. Cumberlands) def. Pedro Rodrigues (CU), 6-2, 6-2
Pablo Borrero (CU) def. Austin Spalding (Campbellsville), 6-4, 6-1
Pontus Blom (Campbellsville) def. Dylan Nelson (CU), 6-1, 6-2
Antonio Manuel Marcelo (CU) def. Carlton Tugman (Bluefield), 6-0, 6-0

Round of 32
Fernando Bogajo (Lindsey Wilson) def. Andres Burgos (CU), 6-2, 6-1
Diogo Soares (CU) def. Farith Lozano (Martin Methodist), 6-1, 6-1
Pablo Borrero (CU) def. Ethan Rowton (St. Catharine), 7-6, 6-4
Antonio Manuel Marcelo (CU) def. Francisco Charters (Lindsey Wilson), 7-6, 5-0, retired

Round of 16
Fernando Bogajo (Lindsey Wilson) def. Diogo Soares (CU), 6-1, 6-2
Pablo Borrero (CU) def. Pontus Blom (Campbellsville), 6-1, 6-2
Antonio Manuel Marcelo (CU) def. Nathan Schley (Asbury), 6-2, 7-5

Quarterfinals
Antonio Manuel Marcelo (CU) def. Pablo Borrero (CU), 6-1, 6-2

Semifinals
Ariez Heshaam (U. Cumberlands) def. Antonio Manuel Marcelo (CU), 6-1, 6-1

MEN – DOUBLES
Round of 16
Antonio Manuel Marcelo-Diogo Soares (CU) def. Jackson Lenoir-Colin Bumann (Milligan), 8-0
Andres Burgos-Pedro Rodrigues (CU) def. Sebastian Marot-Zach Baulch (Campbellsville), 8-4

Quarterfinals
Antonio Manuel Marcelo-Diogo Soares (CU) def. Pontus Blom-Alejandro Soriano (Campbellsville), 8-4
Peter Baca-Robin Demasse (Bethel) def. Andres Burgos-Pedro Rodrigues (CU), 8-4

Semifinals
Edberg Espinoza-Fabricio Morales (Lindsey Wilson) def. Antonio Manuel Marcelo-Diogo Soares (CU), 8-1