Winning streak ends for CU men with 5-4 defeat
Monday, April 9, 2018
Winning streak ends for CU men with 5-4 defeat
Riccardo Ferraris won his singles and doubles outings in CU's 5-4 loss Monday at Lindsey Wilson. (Credit Bob Tamboli)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Eighth-ranked Cumberland posted two doubles victories but the Phoenix were unable to hold off No. 4 Lindsey Wilson, with Javier Raya winning 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, at No. 5 in the final match for a 5-4 LWC win in men’s tennis action Monday in Columbia, Ky.

Cumberland had its winning streak snapped at eight, dropping to 15-2, 3-1 in Mid-South Conference action. It was the first loss for the Phoenix since March 4.

Cumberland started strong with a pair of doubles victories, as Axel Lucich and Thiago Lopes defeated Javier Raya and Ivan Solans Diaz, 8-4, at No. 2 and Ramon Puertolas and Riccardo Ferraris posted a 9-7 win versus Edberg Espinoza and Steven Espinoza at No. 3. LWC’s Denis Porcic and Camila Erazo claimed an 8-2 victory at No. 1 against Pau Grabuleda Cruañas and Francisco Fernandez Meaca.

The Blue Raiders (9-0, 3-0) evened the match, with third-ranked Porcic registering a 6-3, 6-1, win at No. 1 over Grabuleda Cruañas, but 47th-ranked Ferraris put the Phoenix back in front with a 6-2, 6-2, victory at No. 3 over 15th-ranked Solans Diaz.

Lindsey Wilson pulled ahead with the next two singles decisions, as Erazo posted a 6-3, 6-3, win at No. 2 against 28th-ranked Puertolas and 23rd-ranked Edberg Espinoza defeated Fernandez Meaca, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 4.

This time it was Lucich who evened the match with a 7-6 (4), 6-1, victory at No. 6 versus Steven Espinoza and Cumberland looked on its way to the team victory, as Lopes took the opening set over Raya.

But Raya squared the match in the second set and went up a break in the third only to see Lopes get the break back, evening the set at four. Raya won the final two games, though, ending the four-plus match.

Cumberland hosts Georgetown College on Wednesday at 1 p.m. and takes on Blue Mountain College on Friday and the University of the Cumberlands on Sunday to complete the regular season.

#4 Lindsey Wilson 5, #8 Cumberland University 4

1. #3 Denis Porcic (LWC) def. Pau Grabuleda Cruañas (CU), 6-3, 6-1
2. Camilo Erazo (LWC) def. #28 Ramon Puertolas (CU), 6-3, 6-3
3. #47 Riccardo Ferraris (CU) def. #15 Ivan Solans Doaz (LWC), 6-2, 6-2
4. #23 Edberg Espinoza (LWC) def. Francisco Fernandez Meaca (CU), 6-1, 6-0
5. Javier Raya (LWC) def. Thiago Lopes (CU), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
6. Axel Lucich (CU) def. Steven Espinoza (LWC), 7-6 (4), 6-1

1. Porcic-Erazo (LWC) def. Fernandez Meaca-Grabuleda Cruañas (CU), 8-2
2. Lucich-Lopes (CU) def. Raya-Solans Diaz (LWC), 8-4
3. Puertolas-Ferraris (CU) def. E. Espinoza-S. Espinoza (LWC), 9-7
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,3,2,4,6,5)