OWENSBORO, Ky.--Cumberland men's tennis upsets No. 14 the University of the Cumberlands to advance to the Mid-South Conference Championships on Sunday against No. 11 Lindsey Wilson at 3:00 p.m.
Head Coach Thiago Lins said, "It was a battle, but one of the best college matches I have ever been to. We played lights out."
The Phoenix overcame losing the doubles point as the Patriots took two out of three matches. Martin Barbier and Eric Banoub defeated Sacha Colomban and Felipe Coelho 6-3 at No. 1 doubles. Robert Wu and Martin Muller won 6-3 in the third-seeded doubles match. Adrijan Hrzic and Dan Slapnik Trost did not finish their doubles match but were winning 6-5 when the Patriots clinched the doubles point.
Barbier gave the Patriots a 2-0 lead when he defeated Coelho 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles. German Suarez got the first point for Cumberland with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 4 singles over Mattis Le Montagner. Hugues N'Goma tied the matchwinning a three-setter 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.
After dropping the first set at No. 2 singles 6-4, Adrijan Hrzic won the next two sets 6-4, 6-3 over Luis Montull. Dan Slapnik Trost clinched the semifinal victory with a win over Banoub at No. 5 singles. Trost dropped the first set 7-6 but recomposed himself winning the next two sets 6-1, 6-3.
The Patriots beat Cumberland in Lebanon earlier this season 5-2. Cumberland advance to the finals to take on Lindsey Wilson at 3:00 p.m. at Centre Court. Lindsey Wilson beat the Phoenix in early March, 6-1.
The Championship match will be streamed at Cumberland Men's Tennis Facebook page.