LEBANON, Tenn.--Cumberland men's tennis upset No. 5 Indiana Wesleyan in the home opener 4-3 at the Tommy Gray Memorial Courts Wednesday afternoon.
Cumberland played well in doubles taking the point as the duos of Dan Slapnik Trost and Adrian Hrzic and German Suarez and Daniel Wessels and picked up 6-4 wins at No. 2 and No. 3.
In singles action, it was a battle top to bottom, but Cumberland slightly edged the Wildcats as Hughes N'Goma won at No. 2, 6-4, 6-2, Sacha Colomban won at No. 6, 6-4, 6-4, and Slapnik Trost clinched it again at No. 5 in straight sets 7-5, 7-5.
The win over Indiana Wesleyan is the first win over a Top-5 team for the men's program since 2018 when the team beat No. 4 Campbellsville and No. 5 Northwestern Ohio in back-to-back matches.
"It was a great victory to show us that we are strong enough to fight for big things this season. It was a rough start this season competing against strong teams from NCAA, but it helped us to prepare to face high competition from other NAIA teams," head coach Thiago Lins said.
"There is a long road ahead and we are looking forward to lots of great battles in the weeks to come. Great team effort today from all team players and staff.”
Cumberland will take on Belmont in an exhibition match on Friday and will open up conference play next week.