Stevenson leads four Barton all-league selections

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Led by first-team selection Marissa Stevenson, a sophomore, the Barton College women’s tennis team landed four players on the NCAA Division II All-Conference Carolinas teams announced by the league Thursday.

Joining Stevenson were junior Daria Avram and junior Vanessa Sanoja on the second team and freshman Ada Vargas on the third team.

A strong showing at the No. 3 position earned Barton freshman Diego Agudelo a spot on the All-Conference Carolinas men’s tennis third team.

The Lady Bulldogs, winners of eight of their last nine matches, finished second in the conference at 7-2 and wins in their last five outings boosted their overall record to 13-9. Barton ousted No. 7 Southern Wesleyan (South Carolina) University in the tournament quarterfinals Friday.

Stevenson earned second-team acclaim as a freshman. Sanoja was a repeater, while Avram was tabbed all-conference for the first time.

A native of Kirk Michael, Isle of Man, finished the regular season by winning 13 consecutive matches. Stevenson posted a 17-2 singles mark and wound up undefeated in 11 league matches. She teamed with Avram at No. 1 doubles to compile a 13-8 record that included an 8-3 showing in the conference.

Avram, a native of Buzua, Romania, posted a 11-9 record at No. 1 singles. She went 7-4 in the conference and finished the regular season by winning 7 of her last 10 matches.

Sanoja, from Bolivar, Venezuela, posted a 12-6 singles worksheet. In the No. 2 spot, she prevailed in 11 of 16 matches and stood 7-3 against conference foes. Sonaja closed the regular season with a 6-3 run and her victims included first-team selection Camille Haus from Limestone (South Carolina) College.

Vargas, from Lima, Peru, finished 14-8 in singles and 8-3 in the conference. She won her last five regular-season singles matches and seven of her last eight. At No. 2 doubles, Vargas teamed with Sanoja to register a 12-10 showing, including 6-5 in the conference.

Chowan University dominated the individual awards with Polina Novachuk being proclaimed player of the year, Hanna Tarlouskaya as freshman  of the year and Chris Stambaugh as coach of the year.

Agudelo, a resident of Bogota, Colombia, emerged the lone selection for a Bulldogs squad that posted a 6-12 overall record and finished 4-6 in the conference. However, Barton, the No. 7 seed, kept its season alive by spilling archrival University of Mount Olive, the No. 2 seed, in the tournament quarterfinals Friday.

Agudelo compiled a 11-5 singles record, playing primarily at the No. 3 position — where he was 8-5. He registered a 7-2 ledger against conference opponents and went 7-3 in his last 10 matches. Agudelo stood 1-0 at No. 2 and 2-0 at No. 4.

Barton’s all-conference representative saw action at Nos. 1 and 2 doubles, going 4-3 with junior Jesus Gil at No. 2 and 2-4 with freshman Oscar Marmestedt at No. 1.