LEBANON, Tenn. – Jessica Hernandez and Ksenija Dmitrovic won the final two singles matches on the court, both in three sets, helping 18th-ranked Cumberland to a 5-4 victory over No. 10 Indiana Wesleyan in women’s tennis action Saturday in Macon, Ga.
The Phoenix lost their first match of the Spring Break trip, 5-2, to 23rd-ranked University of Mobile late Friday after a lengthy rain delay during the day.
Cumberland won 2-of-3 doubles outings, but the Wildcats posted an 8-5 victory at No. 2 to start, with Maddie Bemisderfer and Thewuni Devaraja defeating Marianela Landi and Dmitrovic.
Hernandez and Ainhoa Garijo Garrido collected an 8-6 victory at No. 1 versus Lizzie Bauss and Alex Mella and Stefanie Navaratnam and Kylie Humphrey gave the Phoenix a 2-1 edge in the match with an 8-3 triumph at No. 3 versus Marissa Klein and Lena Golz.
Garijo Garrido made quick work of Bauss at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-3, but Indiana Wesleyan won the next three matches to take a 4-3 overall lead.
Devaraja defeated Humphrey, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 5 while Golz won 6-1, 7-5, versus Landi at No. 4 and Klein posted a 6-1, 6-1, victory at No. 6 over Ana María Collazos.
Hernandez evened the match with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-0, win at No. 2 against Mella and Dmitrovic outlasted Bemisderfer at No. 3, 7-6, 3-6, 6-2, for the upset.
Late Friday Mobile took 2-of-3 doubles and won three singles matches in straight sets in a 5-2 victory over the Phoenix.
Emily Chang and Sina Marchione collected an 8-2 win at No. 1 over Hernandez and Garijo Garrido while Maria Toledo and Yaroslava Pyrkh defeated Humphrey and Navaratnam, 8-3, at No. 3. Dmotrovic and Landi picked up a point for CU with an 8-2 triumph at No. 2 against Marina Capitani and Claire Travis.
Garijo Garrido evened the overall match with a win at No. 2, taking the first set, 6-1, before Capitani retired, but Chang collected a 6-3, 6-2, victory at No. 1 versus Hernandez. Toledo defeated Landi, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 3 and Marchione won 6-4, 6-1, at No. 4 over Humphrey.
Navaratnam was down a set at No. 5 to Pyrkh but Collazos won the first set at No. 6 against Travis.
Cumberland’s scheduled match Sunday against Coastal Georgia was canceled because of rain. The Phoenix finish the trip with matches Monday against 19th-ranked Loyola University and Tuesday versus 12th-ranked Middle Georgia State.
#23 University of Mobile 5, #18 Cumberland University 2
1. Emily Chang (MOB) def. Jessica Hernandez (CU), 6-3, 6-2
2. Ainhoa Garijo Garrido (CU) def. Marina Capitani (MOB), 6-1, retired
3. Maria Toledo (MOB) def. Marianela Landi (CU), 6-2, 6-2
4. Sina Marchione (MOB) def. Kylie Humphrey (CU), 6-4, 6-1
5. Stefanie Navaratnam (CU) vs. Yaroslava Pyrkh (MOB), 2-6, DNF
6. Ana María Collazos (CU) vs. Claire Travis (MOB), 6-1, DNF
1. Chang-Marchione (MOB) def. Hernandez-Garijo Garrido (CU), 8-2
2. Ksenija Dmitrovic-Landi (CU) def. Capitani-Travis (MOB), 8-2
3. Toledo-Pyrkh (MOB) def. Humphrey-Navaratnam (CU), 8-3
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,1,3,4)
#18 Cumberland University 5, #10 Indiana Wesleyan 4
1. Ainhoa Garijo Garrido (CU) def. Lizzie Bauss (IWU), 6-1, 6-3
2. Jessica Hernandez (CU) def. Alex Mella (IWU), 2-6, 6-3, 6-0
3. Ksenija Dmitrovic (CU) def. Maddie Bemisderfer (IWU), 7-6, 3-6, 6-2
4. Lena Golz (IWU) def. Marianela Landi (CU), 6-1, 7-5
5. Thewuni Devaraja (IWU) def. Kylie Humphrey (CU), 6-0, 6-1
6. Marissa Klein (IWU) def. Ana María Collazos (CU), 6-1, 6-1
1. Hernandez-Garijo Garrido (CU) def. Bauss-Mella (IWU), 8-6
2. Bemisderfer-Devaraja (IWU) def. Dmitrovic-Landi (CU), 8-5
3. Stefanie Navaratnam-Humphrey (CU) def. Klein-Golz (IWU), 8-3
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,5,4,6,2,3)