Phoenix fall to consolation bracket after Semi Finals loss
Friday, October 8, 2021
Phoenix fall to consolation bracket after Semi Finals loss
Alexandra Leisibach (Credit: Bob Tamboli)

OWENSBORO, Ky.--Phoenix women's tennis picked up a 6-1 win over Georgetown in the quarterfinals, but the University of the Cumberlands sent Cumberland to the consolation match Friday evening.

Cumberland won their first match of the day defeating Georgetown 6-1. Cumberland won the doubles point, winning two-out of three matches. Jessica Hernandez and Maria Arbelaez defeated Maci Ferguson and Michaela Montori 6-4. Alexandra Leisibach and Carly Earnhardt beat Emma Hill and Madelyn Gill 6-4.

In singles action, Hernandez beat Montori  in straight sets 6-2, 6-0. Arbelaez handled Ana Forero quickly, winning 6-0, 6-1. Samantha Spady picked up the one point the Tigers had, defeating Kaede Hatano in a tough three set match, 6-2, 2-6, 10-8. 

Earnhardt defeated Lydia Price 6-0,6-1 while Leisibach beat Megan Moore in another tough three-set match after she lost the first set. Lara Zugasti defeated Maci Ferguson at No. 6 6-4, 2-6, 10-4. 

By winning, the Phoenix advanced to the semifinals to take on the University of the Cumberlands this evening. The Cumberlands picked up a 6-1 victory to send Cumberland to the consolation match against Shawnee State tomorrow at 3:00 p.m.

The Patriots took all three doubles matches to win the doubles point. In singles competition, Maria Arbelaz was the only Phoenix to pick up a victory in a very tough three set match over Meiri Okuwaki. 

Cumberland University 6, Georgetown College 1

Singles competition
1. Jessica Hernandez (CU) def.  Michaela Montori (GC) 6-2, 6-0
2. Maria Arbelaez (CU) def. Ana Forero (GC) 6-0, 6-1
3. Samantha Spady (GC) def. Kaede Hatano (CU) 6-2, 2-6, 10-8
4. Carly Earnhardt (CU) def. Lydia Prince (GC) 6-0, 6-1
5. Alexandra Leisibach (CU) def. Megan Moore (GC) 2-6, 6-2, 10-6 
6. Lara Zugasti (CU) def. Maci Ferguson (GC) 6-4, 2-6. 10-4
Doubles competition
1. Jessica Hernandez/Maria Arbelaez (CU) def. Maci Ferguson/Michaela Montori (GC) 6-4
2. Ana Forero/Mia Ferguson (GC) def. Kaede Hatano/Lara Zugasti (CU) 7-6 (4)
3. Alexandra Leisibach/Carly Earnhardt (CU) def. Emma Hill/Madelyn Gill (GC) 6-4

University of the Cumberlands 6, Cumberland University 1

Singles competition
1. Tomomi Nagao (UC) def. Jessica Hernandez (CU) 6-4, 6-1 
2. Maria Arbelaez (CU) def. Meiri Okuwaki (UC) 3-6, 7-5, 10-8
3. Hana Shimeno (UC) def. Kaede Hatano (CU) 7-5, 6-1
4. Mika Fros (UC) def. Carly Earnhardt (CU) 6-1, 6-0
5. Johanna Beckman (UC) def. Alexandra Leisibach (CU) 6-3, 6-0
6. Catherine Rae (UC) def. Lara Zugasti (CU) 6-4, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. Tomomi Nagao/Mika Fros (UC) def. Jessica Hernandez/Maria Arbelaez (CU) 6-3
2. Meiri Okuwaki/Tessa Gray (UC) def. Kaede Hatano/Lara Zugasti (CU) 6-0
3. Johanna Beckman/Satsuki Mitani (UC) def. Alexandra Leisibach/Carly Earnhardt (CU) 6-1