by Cory Guinn
WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College men's tennis team fell in Conference Carolinas play as visiting Limestone College escaped the Barton Tennis Complex with a 5-4 victory on Tuesday afternoon.
Barton's No. 2 doubles tandem of Jake McCartney and Yaxi Pintado made quick work of their match with an 8-3 victory, but Limestone won at No. 1 and No. 3 for an early one-point lead. The No 3 doubles duo of Nick Genest and Daniel Radu had match-point but eventually fell 8-7 (8-6) to Limestone's Alex Poda and Stefano Soares.
Limestone won at No. 1 singles 6-2, 6-0 before Genest won his third straight singles match with a 6-1, 6-2 decision over Luka Stanec at No. 3 singles. The Saints won in straight sets at No. 2 and No. 4 singles to seal the match victory with their fourth and fifth points, respectively.
At No. 5 singles, Pintado won his fourth straight decision with a 6-2, 6-4 victory, while Radu earned a 6-4, 6-2 win for his second triumph in a row.
Barton travels to Rocky Mount, N.C. for a match with N.C. Wesleyan on Thursday, March 17 at 3 p.m.
LIMESTONE 5, BARTON 4
1. Stefano Soares (LIMEM) def. Jake McCartney (BARTON) 6-2, 6-0
2. Gustavo D'Ascenzi (LIMEM) def. Rafael Ruiz Velasco (BARTON) 6-3, 6-1
3. Nick Genest (BARTON) def. Luka Stanec (LIMEM) 6-1, 6-2
4. Guillermo Ortega (LIMEM) def. Jesus Gil (BARTON) 6-3, 6-2
5. Yaxi Pintado (BARTON) def. Giacomo Campus (LIMEM) 6-2, 6-4
6. Daniel Radu (BARTON) def. Alex Poda (LIMEM) 6-4, 6-2
1. Gustavo D'Ascenzi/Guillermo Ortega (LIMEM) def. Rafael Ruiz Velasco/Jesus Gil (BARTON) 8-4
2. Jake McCartney/Yaxi Pintado (BARTON) def. Luka Stanec/Giacomo Campus (LIMEM) 8-3
3. Alex Poda/Stefano Soares (LIMEM) def. Nick Genest/Daniel Radu (BARTON) 8-7 (8-6)
Limestone 3-3, 3-0 CC
Barton 7-7, 3-0 CC
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,3,2,4,5,6)