Bulldogs fall in tourney semifinals
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Bulldogs fall in tourney semifinals
Senior Courtney Schaub lost her final collegiate match Saturday in the semifinals of the NAIA Qualifying Tournament. (Credit Steve Wampler)

NORCROSS, Ga. – Cumberland lost the No. 2 doubles match late and was unable to stave off defeat in singles, falling 5-0 to 17th-ranked Martin Methodist in the semifinals of the NAIA Qualifying Tournament here Saturday at The Racquet Club of the South.

With the loss Cumberland’s season ends with a 6-10 overall record, 2-2 in the TranSouth Conference with both losses against the RedHawks (11-3).

In doubles MMC’s Rachel Wolfe and Viktoria Ryjak defeated Lindsey Gaither and Abby Wilson, 8-1, at No. 3 before Paloma Cortina and Anastasia Alescheva posted an 8-2 victory at No. 1 over Courtney Schaub and Anita Rácz.

CU’s Tais Lacerda Bezerra and Alena Gizdić were on serve at 7-all before a pair of double faults led to a break by the RedHawks and eventually a 9-7 triumph for MMC and a 3-0 edge in the match.

In singles Ryjak defeated Wilson, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 4, but the other three singles matches took much longer. Schaub eventually succumbed in her final collegiate match at No. 1 to Paloma, 6-1, 6-4. Gizdić split sets with Charrys at No. 2 and led 3-2 in the third and Rácz lost the first set but was ahead, 5-4, in the second against Alescheva. The match at No. 5 between Stanford and Lacerda Bezerra had just started.

#17 Martin Methodist 5, Cumberland University 0

1. (47) Paloma Cortina (MMC) def. Courtney Schaub (CU), 6-1, 6-4
2. Maria Charrys (MMC) vs. Alena Gizdić (CU), 6-4, 1-6, 2-3, DNF
3. Anastasia Alescheva (MMC) vs. Anita Rácz (CU), 6-3, 4-5, DNF
4. Viktoria Ryjak (MMC) vs. Abby Wilson (CU), 6-0, 6-0
5. Jeanna Stanford (MMC) vs. Tais Lacerda Bezerra (CU), 3-2, DNF
6. Rachel Wolfe (MMC) vs. Lindsey Gaither (CU), DNS

1. (25) Cortina-Alescheva (MMC) def. Schaub-Rácz (CU), 8-2
2. Charrys-Stanford (MMC) def. Gizdić-Lacerda Bezerra (CU), 9-7
3. Wolfe-Ryjak (MMC) def. Wilson-Gaither (CU), 8-1
Order of Finish – Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,1*)