Tennis Cats Fall to Cumberland University in Nationals in Mobile, Alabama
Mobile, Ala. –The Bethel Wildcat Men's Tennis squad lost to Cumberland University 5-2 Wednesday in the 2013 Men's Tennis National Championship in Mobile, Alabama. The Wildcats' only two losses were to CU as the Bulldogs were the only team to have beaten Bethel during the regular season, doing so back on March 27 in McKenzie. Cumberland beat Mobile 9-0 Tuesday to advance to the match-up against the Wildcats.
CU faces No 2 seeded Auburn Montgomery in the Quarterfinals Thursday at 9 a.m. AUM beat Graceland 5-0 Wednesday to advance. AUM is 19 -4 on the season.
The No. 7 seeded Wildcats qualified for the national event with an automatic bid after winning the AMWC/HAAC/TranSouth Conference tournament. The Wildcats finished 20 -2 on the season and were ranked 7th in the nation in the final regular season poll of the year.
This was Bethel's fourth appearance in the national tournament and marked the first appearance for Bethel since 2009. Bethel is 3-4 all-time in national tournament matches.
Peter Baca, Robin Demasse, Eduardo Espinar, Travis Hyman, Nilola Salvik, Kristian Takac, and Paolo Vecchi represented the university in Mobile. The squad is coached by Rafael Delgado who is assisted by Ernesto Escamilla Jr. Escamilla was named the ITA Men's Assistant Coach of the Year earlier this week.