LEBANON, Tenn. – Ramon Puertolas and Francisco Fernandez Meaca recorded singles victories and Pau Grabuleda Cruañas and Fernandez Meaca picked up a doubles win, but fourth-ranked William Woods University posted a 5-3 team victory over No. 14 Cumberland in men’s tennis action Saturday at the Tommy Gray Memorial Courts.
The loss ended a three-match winning streak for the Phoenix (5-4) and marked the fifth match this season against a ranked opponent.
The Owls (5-0) collected two doubles victories, with fifth-ranked Aaron Westerlund and Oscar Barreiro defeating 13th-ranked Thiago Lopes and Axel Lucich, 8-1, at No. 1 and 15th-ranked Javier Callejo and Christopher Vleeming Ortiz winning 8-2 versus Guillermo Pardos and Alejo Bagnera.
Grabuleda Cruañas and Fernandez Meaca outlasted Zach Frisbie and Juan Esteban Duran, 9-7, at No. 3 for a doubles point for Cumberland.
Eighteenth-ranked Barreiro tallied a 6-3, 6-3, singles victory at No. 3 against Lucich, but Puertolas picked up a 6-2, 6-1, win at No. 2 versus Vlemming Ortiz. Sixth-ranked Callejo recorded a 6-5, 7-6 (2) triumph over Grabuleda Cruañas at No. 1 for a 4-2 Owls lead in the match.
Fernandez Meaca defeated 24th-ranked Westerlund, 6-4, 6-4, at No. 3 to keep the Phoenix alive, but Sam Bird won the clinching match for William Woods at No. 5, 6-4, 6-1, versus Bagnera at No. 6. WWU’s Antoine Maraval led Pardos, 6-3, 2-1, when the match was stopped.
Cumberland continues its six-match homestand this coming week, taking on Lindenwood-Belleville on Tuesday at 11 a.m. and Southeastern University on Friday at 10 a.m.
#4 William Woods 5, #14 Cumberland University 3
1. #6 Javier Callejo (WWU) def. #30 Pau Grabuleda Cruañas (CU), 6-4, 7-6 (2)
2. Ramon Puertolas (CU) def. Christopher Vleeming Ortiz (WWU), 6-2, 6-1
3. #18 Oscar Barreiro (WWU) def. Axel Lucich (CU), 6-3, 6-3
4. Francisco Fernandez Meaca (CU) def. #24 Aaron Westerlund (WWU), 6-4, 6-4
5. Sam Bird (WWU) def. Aleja Bagnera (CU), 6-4, 6-1
6. Guillermo Pardos (CU) vs Antoine Maraval (WWU), 3-6, 1-2, DNF
1. #5 Westerlund-Barreiro (WWU) def. #13 Lopes-Lucich (CU), 8-1
2. #15 Callejo-Vlemming Ortiz (WWU) def. Pardos-Bagnera (CU), 8-2
3. Fernandez Meaca-Grabuleda Cruañas (CU) def. Zach Frisbie-Juan Esteban Duran (WWU), 9-7
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (3,2,1,4,5)