Cumberland Women's Tennis falls 4-3 to UT Southern in MSC Quarterfinals
Friday, April 22, 2022
Cumberland Women's Tennis falls 4-3 to UT Southern in MSC Quarterfinals
Jessica Hernandez won her No. 1 singles match 6-2, 7-6 over Margaret Lucas (Credit: MSC Officials)

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.-- No. 4 seeded Cumberland women's tennis narrowly falls 4-3 to No. 5 seeded Tennessee Southern in the conference quarterfinals. The loss ends Cumberland's time at the Mid-South Conference Tournament. 

The Firehawks swept the top two doubles pairings to take the doubles point. The No.1 pairing of Jessica Hernandez and Maria Arbelaez fell 7-5 in a tight contest against Otone Odajima and Sara Teorode de Morias. The No. 2 doubles pairing of Kaede Hatano and Elina Sungatullina dropped their match 6-3 to Margaret Lucas and Emely Castro.

In singles competition, the Phoenix and the Firehawks split the singles points 3-3. Jessica Hernandez earned a win in the No. 1 singles match 6-2, 7-6 over Margaret Lucas. No. 2 single Elina Sungatullina and No. 3 single Maria Arbelaez fell in their matches with Sungatullina falling 6-4, 6-0 to Otone Odajima and Arbelaez falling to Sara Teorode de Morias in a tight match 6-4, 3-6, 7-6.

CU's No. 4 single Lara Zugasti picked up a win over Yen-Ju Chu 7-5, 6-2 while Carly Earnhardt dropped her No. 5 singles match 7-6, 6-1 to Emely Castro. Alexandra Leisibach put together a solid effort in her No. 6 singles victory over Lovana Viamonte 6-1, 6-2.

With the loss, Cumberland's 2021-22 campaign has come to a close, the Phoenix end their 2021 season with an 11-8 overall record and a 7-3 conference record and head into the offseason.


Singles competition

1. Jessica Hernandez (CU) def. Margaret Lucas (UTS) 6-2, 7-6
2. Otone Odajima (UTS) def. Elina Sungatullina (CU)  6-4, 6-0
3. Sara Teorode de Morias def. Maria Arbelaez (CU) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6
4. Lara Zugasti (CU) def. Yen-Ju Chang (UTS) 7-5, 6-2
5. Emely Castro (UTS) def. Carly Earnhardt (CU) 7-6, 6-1
6. Alexandra Leisibach (CU) def. Leovana Viamonte (UTS) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Otone Odajima/Sara Teorode De Morias (UTS) def.  Maria Arbelaez/Jessica Hernandez (CU) 7-5
2. Maragaret Lucas/Emely Castro (UTS) def. Kaede Hatano/Elina Sungatullina (CU) 6-3
3. Yen-Ju Chang/Victoria Sanches (UTS) vs. Lara Zugasti/Alexandra Leisibach (CU) Unfinished