Women's tennis ranked 18th in first NAIA poll
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Women's tennis ranked 18th in first NAIA poll
Sophomore Antea Dedić are ranked 18th in the NAIA Women’s Tennis Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll released this week by the national office. (Credit Chuck Thompson)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland is ranked 18th in the NAIA Women’s Tennis Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll released this week by the national office. The Bulldogs posted a 14-7 dual match mark last season, reaching the NAIA National Tournament for the first time in five years.

Fifth-year head coach Bill McCormick returns four letterwinners from last year’s squad, including Second Team All-American Angelica Sepulveda

The Bucaramanga, Colombia, native finished 17-6 in singles and doubles last season for the Bulldogs, including 15-5 in dual matches in both. She earned Mid-South Conference Freshman of the Year honors as well.

Sophomore Antea Dedić compiled a 14-6 singles mark and 16-4 doubles record after enrolling in January, while junior Alena Gizdić posted nine wins in singles and a 14-5 doubles mark for CU. Senior Tais Lacerda Bezerra contributed seven singles and six doubles victories last season as well.

Cumberland placed second in the Mid-South regular season and conference tournaments and lost to SCAD-Atlanta in the first round of last year’s national Tournament. The Bulldogs open the season February 21 at Belmont University.