BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Jakov Tshirkin and Jose Ortega Vela each picked up singles victories, but 23rd-ranked Cumberland dropped all three doubles matches and Alejandro Soriano clinched a 5-2 win for 18th-ranked Campbellsville University with a three-set victory at No. 2 singles here Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Mid-South Conference Men’s Tennis Championships.
Campbellsville (10-7) advances to take on No. 7 Lindsey Wilson on Sunday at 9 a.m. in the semifinals of the conference tournament.
The Tigers started quickly in doubles, with Adrian Sabrojo and Victor Ahlbeck breaking Anatoliy Lashkul and Alejandro Rosas Garcia at No. 2 twice in the first three games. Vladyslav Ladygin and Zach Baulch broke in the fourth and sixth games at No. 1 and Soriano and Alex Spalding picked up a break in the first game at No. 3.
Ladygin-Baulch and Sabrojo-Ahlbeck never let the Phoenix into their matches, with each Campbellsville duo breaking four times. Ladygin-Baulch defeated Thiago Lopes and Axel Lucich, 8-4, at No. 1 and Sabrojo-Ahlbeck won by the same score at No. 2 against Lashkul and Rosas Garcia.
Tshirkin and Ortega Vela broke back to even the third match at three, but the Cumberland duo was broken right back by Soriano-Spalding. The Tigers broke again at 4-6 and outlasted Cumberland, 8-6, to give Campbellsville a 3-0 lead in the match after doubles.
The lead quickly went to 4-0 when Ladygin making quick work of Lashkul at No. 1, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 1, but the remaining five matches took a while.
Tshirkin got the Phoenix on the board with a 6-0, 6-1, victory at No. 5 over Eduardo Mendoza, and Ortega Vela outlasted Spalding, 7-5, 6-4, at No. 6.
Soriano led 5-2 in the first set against Lopes at No. 2 but lost the next five games. The sophomore came back to win the final two sets, 6-0, 6-1, including the final three games after Lopes injured his left ankle approaching the net.
Sabrojo took the first set from Rosas Garcia, 6-4, at No. 3, but dropped the second set, 6-2. He broke early in the third set and served for the match at 5-2, but was broken and did not finish.
Ahlbeck squeaked out the first set at No. 4 versus Lucich, winning the tiebreaker, 7-5, but Lucich won the second set, 6-2. The duo had just started the final set when the match ended.
#18 Campbellsville Univ. 5, #23 Cumberland Univ. 2
1. Vladyslav Ladygin (CAMP) def. Anatoliy Lashkul (CU), 6-1, 6-0
2. Alejandro Soriano (CAMP) def. Thiago Lopes (CU), 5-7, 6-0, 6-1
3. Adrian Sabrojo (CAMP) vs. Alejandro Rosas Garcia (CU), 6-4, 2-6, 5-3, DNF
4. Victor Ahlbeck (CAMP) vs. Axel Lucich (CU), 7-6 (5), 2-6, 1-0, DNF
5. Jakov Tshirkin (CU) def. Eduardo Mendoza (CAMP), 6-0, 6-1
6. Jose Ortega Vela (CU) def. Alex Spalding (CAMP), 7-5, 6-4
1. Zach Baulch-Ladygin (CAMP) def. Lopes-Lucich (CU), 8-4
2. Sabrojo-Ahlbeck (CAMP) def. Lashkul-Rosas Garcia (CU), 8-4
3. Soriano-Spalding (CAMP) def. Tshirkin-Ortega Vela (CU), 8-6
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,5,6,4)