by Cory Guinn
BANNER ELK, N.C. – The Barton College men's tennis team secured its first shut out of the season and fourth Conference Carolinas victory with a 9-0 defeat of Lees-McRae College on Friday afternoon.
Junior Yaxi Pintado won his seventh straight match and improved his league record to 6-0 with a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 4 singles, followed by a three-set win by Radu in the No. 6 singles slot to secure the match victory.
Junior Rafael Ruiz Velasco also won in three sets at No. 2 singles before fellow junior Jake McCartney secured his third straight singles win with a 6-4, 6-0 decision at No. 1. Freshman Jesus Gil won 8-6 at No. 5 for his first conference win as Genest wrapped up the match with an 8-7 (7-4) win in the No. 3 position with the match result already decided.
Barton travels to Bristol, Tenn. on Saturday afternoon for a match with league foe King University at 11 a.m.
BARTON 9, LEES-MCRAE 0
1. Jake McCartney (BARTON) def. Joao Araujo (LMC) 6-4, 6-0
2. Rafael Ruiz Velasco (BARTON) def. Gabriel Muniz (LMC) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
3. Nick Genest (BARTON) def. Sebastian Zuhr (LMC) 8-7 (7-4)
4. Yaxi Pintado (BARTON) def. Garrett Lakey (LMC) 6-1, 6-0
5. Jesus Gil (BARTON) def. Thomas Deeley (LMC) 8-6
6. Daniel Radu (BARTON) def. Cole Douglas-Fields (LMC) 6-2, 4-6, 6-1
1. Rafael Ruiz Velasco/Jesus Gil (BARTON) def. Joao Araujo/Gabriel Muniz (LMC) 8-5
2. Yaxi Pintado/Jake McCartney (BARTON) def. Sebastian Zuhr/Garrett Lakey (LMC) 8-1
3. Daniel Radu/Nick Genest (BARTON) def. Cole Douglas-Fields/Thomas Deeley (LMC) 8-0
Barton 9-8, 4-2 CC
Lees-McRae 0-12, 0-7 CC