by Cory Guinn
WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College men's tennis team suffered its second Conference Carolinas loss of the season with a 5-4 defeat at the hands of No. 43 University of Mount Olive on Tuesday afternoon.
The Bulldogs led 2-1 after doubles play following wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions. The No. 1 duo of Jesus Gil and Rafael Ruiz Velasco won 8-3 as Jake McCartney and Yaxi Pintado gave BC its second point with an 8-5 win the No. 2 spot.
Mount Olive tied the match with a win at No. 6 singles before Pintado cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 5 to put the Bulldogs back on top.
The match was once again tied with a Trojan win at No. 4 until Barton went ahead by one point with a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles by McCartney. Mount Olive won at both No. 3 and No. 2 singles play to secure the one-point match victory.
Barton travels to Misenheimer, N.C. on Saturday afternoon for a match with league foe Pfeiffer University.
No. 43 MOUNT OLIVE 5, BARTON 4
1. Jake McCartney (BARTON) def. Ogulcan Deniz (UMO) 6-3, 6-1
2. Jose Luis Cortijos (UMO) def. Rafael Ruiz Velasco (BARTON) 7-5, 6-2
3. Martin Moser (UMO) def. Nick Genest (BARTON) 6-4, 6-1
4. Martim Sousa (UMO) def. Jesus Gil (BARTON) 6-0, 6-4
5. Yaxi Pintado (BARTON) def. Yannic Stark (UMO) 6-0, 6-0
6. Sherzod Akramov (UMO) def. Daniel Radu (BARTON) 6-2, 6-0
1. Jesus Gil/Rafael Ruiz Velasco (BARTON) def. Sherzod Akramov/Ogulcan Deniz (UMO) 8-3
2. Jake McCartney/Yaxi Pintado (BARTON) def. Jose Luis Cortijos/Martim Sousa (UMO) 8-5
3. Martin Moser/Yannic Stark (UMO) def. Nick Genest/Daniel Radu (BARTON) 8-6
Mount Olive 7-3, 4-0; National ranking #43
Barton 8-8, 3-2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,5,4,1,3,2)