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The Barton College women’s tennis team controls its own destiny for the No. 2 seed in the Conference Carolinas tournament after securing a key 7-2 victory over Belmont Abbey on Wednesday afternoon at Barton Tennis Complex.
Now 11-9 overall and 7-2 in conference play, the Lady Bulldogs won two of the three doubles matches before Vanessa Sanoja provided the singles clincher at No. 2 with a 6-0, 7-5 win over Abbey’s Darian DeFrench. Thus, with wins at home over North Greenville on Friday and Southern Wesleyan on Saturday, the Lady Bulldogs will claim third place, but the No. 2 seed. Emmanuel is in second place in the conference standings, but remains ineligible for postseason play.
Abbey, in losing the match for sole possession of second place, fell to 10-11 in all matches and 6-3 in the league.
Sanoja helped the Lady Bulldogs build a lead after doubles after teaming with Ada Vargas at No. 2 doubles to turn back DeFrench-Erica Dorn 8-5. At No. 3, Claudia Capellades-Whitney Hamilton nudged the Crusader’s Erika Noblett-Morgan Zahnd 8-7. Capellades-Hamilton won the tiebreaker without yielding a point.
Prior to Sanoja’s clinch, Marissa Stevenson and Vargas won at Nos. 3 and 4 singles, respectively. Stevenson dismissed Abbey’s Riley Ellingson 6-0, 6-0. Daria Avram at No. 1 singles and Capellades at No. 5 won for the Lady Bulldogs after the outcome was decided.
On the men’s side, Barton was clipped by third-place Belmont Abbey, 5-4.
The Bulldogs (4-12, 2-6 CC), currently the No. 8 seed in the Conference Carolinas standings, led 2-1 after the conclusion of doubles. The teams of Rory Gaydon-Jesus Gil and Martin Eleveld-Ermanno Galimberti each claimed pro-set tiebreakers to give Barton the lead entering singles.
However, Belmont Abbey (14-18, 7-2) roared back in singles, winning the first four matches off the court to clinch. Three of those outcomes were in third sets, including the clincher at No. 4. Abbey’s Jose Disotuar outlasted Gil 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 at that spot. Gerbino and Galimberti, at Nos. 5 and 6 singles, won in straight sets after the clinching match.
BELMONT ABBEY 5, BARTON 4
James Delaney (BAC) def. Rory Gaydon 6-3, 4-6, 6-1; Zachary Blythe (BAC) def. Oscar Marmestedt 6-2, 7-5; George Barefoor (BC) def. Diego Agudelo 0-6, 6-3, 6-3; Jose Disotuar (BAC) def. Jesus Gil 4-6, 6-4, 6-3; Alessandro Gerbino (BC) def. Carlos Nolasco 6-3, 6-4; Ermanno Galimberti (BC) def. Austin Schepel 6-0, 6-3.
Barefoot-Delaney (BAC) def. Agudelo-Marmestedt 8-4; Gaydon-Gil (BC) def. Blythe-Henrique Leal 8-7(3); Martin Eleveld-Galimberti (BC) def. Tomas Pardo-Michal Rapsik 8-7(5).
BARTON 7, BELMONT ABBEY 2
Daria Avram (BC) def. Tegan McNamara 7-6(4), 6-1; Vanessa Sanoja (BC) def. Darian DeFrench 6-0, 7-5; Marissa Stevenson (BC) def. Riley Ellingson 6-0, 6-0; Ada Vargas (BC) def. Morgan Nguyen 6-2, 6-3; Claudia Capellades (BC) def. Alex Weber 6-3, 2-6, 11-9; Erika Noblett (BAC) def. Whitney Hamilton 6-0, 6-0.
McNamara-Ellingson (BAC) def. Avram-Stevenson 8-7(0); Sanoja-Vargas (BC) def. DeFrench-Erica Dorn 8-5; Capellades-Hamilton (BC) def. Erika Noblett-Morgan Zahnd 8-7(0).