Men's tennis picks up wins over King, Lincoln Memorial
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Men's tennis picks up wins over King, Lincoln Memorial
Ramon Puertolas picked up three victories, two singles and one doubles, in CU's victories over King University and Lincoln Memorial. (Credit Bob Tamboli)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland men’s tennis won a pair of matches on Saturday, with Thiago Lopes clinching a 5-4 victory over Lincoln Memorial and the Phoenix taking five singles outings in a 7-2 win versus King University in Harrogate, Tenn.

Cumberland (3-0) started with two doubles victories against Lincoln Memorial, with Pau Grabuleda Cruañas and Francisco Fernandez Meaca collecting an 8-6 decision over Constantin Ernstberger and Moritz Hoerner at No. 1 and Lopes and Axel Lucich posting a 9-7 win at No. 3 versus Xavier Marti and Iker Tomas Moure. LMU’s Joshua Peress and Jake Tuchmann registered an 8-6 victory against Ramon Puertolas and Riccardo Ferraris at No. 2.

Ernstberger evened the match at two with a 6-1, 6-4, victory over Fernandez Meaca at No. 3 and Peress put the Railsplitters ahead with a 7-6 (0), 6-0, win at No. 2 verrsus Grabuleda Cruañas. In much the same manner, Cumberland responded with three straight singles triumphs to take the match.

Puertolas outdueled Marti at No. 1, 6-4, 2-6, 17-15, in the supertiebreaker before Lucich claimed a 6-1, 6-4, at No. 4 victory over Hoerner. Lopes again clinched the deciding point, this time at No. 5 with a 7-5, 6-3, win versus Tomas Moure. LMU’s Tuchmann won the final match on the court, 6-2, 6-4, against Omar Santiagonúñez Ahumada.

The Phoenix had a little easier time against King, though the match started similarly with two doubles victories.

The Tornado got the first point of the dual at No. 1 doubles, with Alejandro Feliciano and Lennard Neumann posting an 8-4 win over Grabuleda Cruañas and Fernandez Meaca, but Lucich and Lopes tallied an 8-1 victory at No. 3 against Sebastian Lieflaender and Charles Jabaley and Puertolas and Ferraris put CU ahead for good in the match with an 8-6 win at No. 2 versus Lenny Keswani and Alberto Alfaro.

Fernandez Meaca was the first player off the court in singles, claiming a 6-0, 6-1, win over Noah Baker at No. 4 before Lucich did not lose a game in a victory against Lieflaender at No. 5 and Ferraris posted the clinching point with a 6-4, 6-1, triumph at No. 3 versus Alfaro.

King’s Keswani collected a 6-4, 7-5, decision against Grabuleda Cruañas at No. 1, but Puertolas defeated Neumann, 6-1, 3-6, 10-5, at No. 2 and Santiagonúñez Ahumada won at No. 6 over Jabaley, 4-6, 6-3, 10-4.

Both tennis teams are back in action February 22 with a 3 p.m. match at Tennessee State.

#22 Cumberland University 5, Lincoln Memorial 4

1. Ramon Puertolas (CU) def. Xavier Marti (LMU), 6-4, 2-6, 17-15
2. Joshua Peress (LMU) def. Pau Grabuleda Cruañas (CU), 7-6 (0), 6-0
3. Constantin Ernstberger (LMU) def. Francisco Fernandez Meaca (CU), 6-1, 6-4
4. Axel Lucich (CU) def. Moritz Hoerner (LMU), 6-1, 6-4
5. Thiago Lopes (CU) def. Iker Tomas Moure (LMU), 7-5, 6-3
6. Jake Tuchmann (LMU) def. Omar Santiagonúñez Ahumada (CU), 6-2, 6-4

1. Grabuleda Cruañas-Fernandez Meaca (CU) def. Ernstberger-Hoerner (LMU), 8-6
2. Peress-Tuchmann (LMU) def. Puertolas-Ferraris (CU), 8-6
3. Lopes-Lucich (CU) def. Marti-Tomas Moure (LMU), 9-7
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,2,1,4,5,6)

#22 Cumberland University 7, King University 2

1. Lenny Keswani (KING) def. Pau Grabuleda Cruañas (CU), 6-4, 7-5
2. Ramon Puertolas (CU) def. Lennard Neumann (KING), 6-1, 3-6, 10-5
3. Riccardo Ferraris (CU) def. Arturo Alfaro (KING), 6-4, 6-1
4. Francisco Fernandez Meaca (CU) def. Noah Baker (KING), 6-0, 6-1
5. Axel Lucich (CU) Sebastian Lieflaender (KING), 6-0, 6-0
6. Omar Santiagonúñez Ahumada (CU) def. Charles Jabaley (KING), 4-6, 6-3, 10-4

1. Alejandro Feliciano-Neumann (KING) def. Grabuleda Cruañas-Fernandez Meaca (CU), 8-4
2. Puertolas-Ferraris (CU) def. Keswani-Alfaro (KING), 8-6
3. Lopes-Lucich (CU) def. Lieflaender-Jabaley (KING), 8-1
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,5,3,1,2,6)