Phoenix win on the road, 5-4
Friday, March 4, 2016
Phoenix win on the road, 5-4
Jakov Tshirkin posted singles and doubles wins in CU's 5-4 road victory at Tennessee Wesleyan on Friday. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland started with two doubles victories and then won three straight singles outings, two in three sets, as the 23rd-ranked Phoenix recorded a 5-4 victory over Tennessee Wesleyan in men’s tennis action Friday in Athens, Tenn.

Cumberland (2-2) opens Mid-South Conference play at home Saturday against the University of the Cumberlands at Noon.

CU’s Jose Ortega Vela and Alejandro Rosas Garcia defeated Pancho Gallardo and Caio Bardauil, 8-5, at No. 3, but the Bulldogs (6-2) collected an 8-5 victory at No. 1 by Frederico Staksrud and Jamie Llardo over Axel Lucich and Thiago Lopes. The Phoenix took a 2-1 lead after doubles with an 8-5 triumph at No. 2 by Anatoliy Lashkul and Jakov Tshirkin against Gavin Grievel and Alejandro Prada.

Staksrud posted a 6-1, 6-3, victory in singles at No. 1 and Grievel defeated Ortega Vela, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 6 to give Wesleyan a 3-2 edge. Cumberland responded with three straight singles wins to take the team victory.

Tshirkin registered a 6-2, 6-2, triumph at No. 5 over Prada before Lucich came back for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, decision at No. 4 against Gallardo. Lashkul defeated Llardo, 6-4, 0-6, 6-4, at No. 2 for the deciding point for the Phoenix.

Bardauil claimed the final match for the Bulldogs, outlasting Rosas Garcia, 6-4, 4-6, 10-6, at No. 4.

#23 Cumberland Univ. 5, Tennessee Wesleyan 4

1. Frederico Staksrud (TWC) def. Thiago Lopes (CU), 6-1, 6-3
2. Anatoliy Lashkul (CU) def. Jamie Llardo (TWC), 6-4, 0-6, 6-4
3. Caio Bardauil (TWC) def. Alejandro Rosas Garcia (CU), 6-4, 4-6, 10-6
4. Axel Lucich (CU) def. Pancho Gallardo (TWC), 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
5. Jakov Tshirkin (CU) def. Alejandro Prada (TWC), 6-2, 6-2
6. Gavin Grievel (TWC) def. Jose Ortega Vela (CU), 6-1, 6-4

1. Staksrud-Llardo (TWC) def. Lucich-Lopes (CU), 8-5
2. Lashkul-Tshirkin (CU) def. Grievel-Prada (TWC), 8-6
3. Ortega Vela-Rosas Garcia (CU) def. Gallardo-Bardauil (TWC), 8-5
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,6,5,4,2,3)