Yakimovich avenges only loss
LEBANON, Tenn. – Natasha Yakimovich won both her singles and doubles matches, staying undefeated this spring in doubles, but 18th-ranked Bethel College posted two doubles and three singles victory in a 5-2 victory over No. 25 Cumberland Tuesday at the CU Tennis Courts.
The loss was the first of the season for Cumberland (8-6) against an NAIA school. The team’s previous five defeats had all come against NCAA Division I or Division II foes.
Yakimovich and Bea Mompó-Rebaque, ranked eighth nationally in doubles, defeated Bethel’s Ayda Ardila and Juliana Costa, 9-7, at No. 1, but the Wildcats won the other two doubles outings.
Marcela Santos and Karen Martinez posted an 8-5 victory at No. 2 over Emily Jacobs and Kerinn Meisenbach, while Kim-Lea Dinh and Margot Creaseman won 8-6 at No. 3 against Courtney Schaub and Amber Johnson.
In singles ninth-ranked Yakimovich defeated Ardila, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 1, avenging the only loss of the academic year for Yakimovich, which came in October at the ITA Southeast Regional in Lexington, Ky.
Bethel posted victories at the next three spots, with Costa winning 6-3, 6-1, over Mompó-Rebaque at No. 2, Santos posting a 6-3, 7-6 (6), victory against Jacobs at No. 3 and Martinex defeating Schaub, 6-3, 6-4, at No. 4.
Both teams will participate in the NAIA Qualifying Tournament this weekend in Springfield, Ill., along with Martin Methodist, Illinois-Springfield, Missouri Baptist and McKendree University.
#18 Bethel College 5, #25 Cumberland 2
1. (9) Natasha Yakimovich (CU) def. Ayda Ardila (BC), 6-3, 6-2
2. Juliana Costa (BC) def. Bea Mompó-Rebaque (CU), 6-3, 6-1
3. Marcela Santos (BC) def. Emily Jacobs (CU), 6-3, 7-6 (6)
4. Karen Martinez (BC) def. Courtney Schaub (CU), 6-3, 6-4
5. Kerinn Meisenbach (CU) vs. Kim-Lea Dinh (BC), 2-4, DNF
6. Amber Johnson (CU) vs. Margot Creaseman (BC), 2-2, DNF
1. (8) Yakimovich-Mompó-Rebaque (CU) def. Ardila-Costa (BC), 9-7
2. Santos-Martinez (BC) def. Jacobs-Meisenbach (CU), 8-5
3. Dinh-Creaseman (BC) def. Schaub-Johnson (CU), 8-6