Men’s tennis shutout by Division I East Carolina in regular season finale

by Cory Guinn

GREENVILLE, N.C. – The Barton College men's tennis team ended its 2015-16 regular season schedule with a 7-0 loss to Division I East Carolina University on Wednesday afternoon.

Playing by NCAA Division I scoring, East Carolina won all three doubles matches to lead 1-0 over Barton. BC's No. 1 duo of Jake McCartney and Yaxi Pintado hung tough but fell 7-5 in the top spot.

In singles play, ECU swept all six matchups but not without a fight from Barton. McCartney fell 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) at No. 1, followed by a 6-4, 7-5 loss by Daniel Radu at No. 5 singles. Pintado, the reigning Conference Carolinas Player of the Week, led early in each set but was defeated 7-5, 7-6 (8-6) in the No. 4 position.

Barton will now begin preparation for the Conference Carolinas Tournament which begins on Thursday, April 28 in Sumter, S.C.

EAST CAROLINA 7, BARTON 0

Singles:
1. Tendai Tapfuma (ECU) def. Jake McCartney (BARTON) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
2. Kasey Countee (ECU) def. Rafael Ruiz Velasco (BARTON) 6-2, 6-4
3. Fredric Lehfeldt (ECU) def. Nick Genest (BARTON) 6-1, 6-2
4. William Himpe (ECU) def. Yaxi Pintado (BARTON) 7-5, 7-6 (8-6)
5. Will Bissett (ECU) def. Daniel Radu (BARTON) 6-4, 7-5
6. Vlad Anghel (ECU) def. McKennon Griffin (BARTON) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles:
1. Tendai Tapfuma/Kasey Countee (ECU) def. Jake McCartney/Yaxi Pintado (BARTON) 7-5
2. Fredric Lehfeldt/Vlad Anghel (ECU) def. Rafael Ruiz Velasco/Robert Taylor (BARTON) 6-1
3. Will Bissett/William Himpe (ECU) def. Daniel Radu/Nick Genest (BARTON) 6-3

Records:
Barton 12-9-1
East Carolina 10-11

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,3,2,1,5,4)