The University of the Cumberlands (UC) men and women's tennis teams have spent some time on the road the past couple of weeks. In preparation for the upcoming Mid-South Conference (MSC) tournament, the Patriots have been working aimlessly to improve their game in any way possible. Last week, both teams battled Cumberland University (CU) and Georgetown College (GC).
On Friday, April 6th, 2012, the Patriots traveled to Lebanon, TN to take on the Bulldogs of Cumberland University. Both teams played with great effort, but the women fell 5-4, and the men 8-1.
Winners for the Patriots include: Neesha Thirumalaichelvam defeated Courtney Schaub 6-1, 6-0, Lindsay Collette defeated Tais Laacerda Bezerra 6-3, 6-4, and Kaitlin Daugherty defeated Lindsey Gaither 6-4, 6-2. In doubles action, Thirumalaichelvam/Hart defeated Schaub/Racz 8-1. For the men, Juanjo de la Llera defeated Na'im Azhar in flawless fashion 6-0, 3-6, 7-5 for their only victory.
On Wednesday, April 11th, 2012, the Patriots ended their busy series with a stop in Georgetown, KY to take on the Tigers of Georgetown College. The women fought hard, but fell to the Tigers. 7-2, but the men on the other hand came out of nowhere and defeated GC's men 5-4.
Those winning for the Patriot ladies include: Neesha Thirumalaichelvam defeated Emily Krick 6-0, 6-3 and Thirumalaichelvam alongside doubles partner Erin Hart defeated Haley Hart and Natalie Hill 8-5.
For the men, Juanjo de la Llera defeated Benjo Aspillaga 6-2, 2-1. Danilo Garcia defeated Zach Thomas 6-3, 4-6, 7-5. Mateo Peria defeated Chris Bartlett 2-6, 6-4, 6-3. In doubles action, De la Llera/Garcia defeated Bartlett/Aspillaga 8-5. Tyler Smith (Central City, KY)/Daryl MacLeish (Atlanta, GA) defeated Ben Scott and Ross Phelps 8-5.
Both of the Patriot tennis teams will be back in action on Friday April 20, 2012 as they travel to Lexington, KY to participate in the Mid-South Conference tournament. For more information on the tennis team and all other Patriot athletics please visit, http://www.cumberlandspatriots.com
Article Provided by Annie Bailey, University of the Cumberlands Multimedia and Athletic Services Student Assistant