Women's Tennis falls to No. 14 Cumberlands, 6-1
Sunday, March 13, 2022
Women's Tennis falls to No. 14 Cumberlands, 6-1
Maria Arbelaez won the lone point for Cumberland in a tough singles match. (Credit: Bob Tamboli)

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.-- The 14th-ranked Cumberlands Patriots women's tennis team topped RV Cumberland in Williamsburg 6-1 to cause the Phoenix to fall to 1-1in conference play. 

UC got the win in doubles play to help set the tone for the rest of the match. Tomomi Nagao and Mikaela Fros gave Cumberlands an edge to start things out at #1 doubles, winning 6-2. The Phoenix responded with a win of their own at the #3 spot as Alexandra Leisibach and Lara Zugasti defeated Johanna Beckmann and Satsuki Mitani to even things up. Tessa Gray and Meiri Okuwaki were the deciding factor winning a tough 7-5 contest over Maria Arbelaez and Elina Sungatullina to take the point. 

Nagao won in straight set over Sungatullina 6-0, 6-0 for a quick point at No. 1 singles. Hernandez fought hard, but lost in three sets 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to Okuwaki. Arbelaez won a battle over Catherine Rae at No. 3 singles winning the third set 11-9 for the lone Phoenix point on the match. 

Beckmann took down Zugasti in two sets winning 7-5, 6-1. Hatano and Earnhardt lost in straight sets at No. 5 and No. 6. 

The Phoenix will have a chance to get back on track tomorrow morning against McKendree at home. 

Singles competition
1. Tomomi Nagao (UC) def. Elina Sungatullina (CU) 6-0, 6-0
2. Meiri Okuwaki (UC) def. Jessica Hernandez (CU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
3. Maria Arbelaez (CU) def. Catherine Rae (UC) 7-6, 6-7, 11-9
4. Johanna Beckmann (UC) def. Lara Zugasti (CU) 7-5, 6-1
5. Hana Shimeno (UC) def. Kaede Hatano (CU) 6-0, 6-1
6. Fan Shiau (UC) def. Carly Earnhardt (CU) 6-1, 6-0
 
Doubles competition
1. Tomomi Nagao/Mikaela Fros (UC) def. Jessica Hernandez/Kaede Hatano (CU) 6-2
2. Tessa Gray/Meiri Okuwaki (UC) def. Maria Arbelaez/Elina Sungatullina (CU) 7-5
3. Alexandra Leisibach/Lara Zugasti (CU) def. Satsuki Mitani/Johanna Beckmann (UC) 6-3