Men’s tennis advances to tournament semifinals before falling to Mount Olive

Men’s tennis advances to tournament semifinals before falling to Mount Olive

by Cory Guinn

SUMTER, S.C. – The No. 3 seed Barton men's tennis team defeated No. 6 seed North Greenville University 5-2 on Friday evening in the Conference Carolinas Tournament Quarterfinals before falling 5-1 to No. 2 seed University of Mount Olive in a semifinal matchup at the Palmetto Tennis Center.

In tournament play, matches are decided when one side reaches five total points with the remaining matchups left unfinished rather than the typical nine-point scoring system.

On Friday, Barton won two doubles matches for an early 2-1 lead. The No. 2 duo of juniors Yaxi Pintado and Jake McCartney won 8-4, while the No. 3 duo of seniors Daniel Radu and Nick Genest earned an 8-5 victory.

North Greenville's second and final point of the match came with a singles victory in the No. 3 position before the Bulldogs claimed points at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 singles. Pintado won his No. 4 matchup 6-1, 6-1, followed by a 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 win by Radu at No. 5 singles. Freshman Jesus Gil sealed the match with a 7-6, 6-4 win at No. 6 to send his team to the semifinals.

In the semifinals, Barton fell for the second time this season to rival Mount Olive and was eliminated from postseason play.

The Trojans took two points in doubles' play with Barton's only point coming on an 8-7 win by the No. 1 duo of Gil and senior Rafael Ruiz Velasco.

Mount Olive sealed the match with singles wins at the No. 2, No. 5 and No.6 positions, leaving three matchups unfinished and advancing to the tournament finals.

McCartney was honored as the lone Bulldog on the All-Tournament team after going 1-1 in doubles play in the No. 2 position and leaving both No. 1 singles matchups unfinished.

Barton finishes the 2015-16 season 13-10 overall with a 7-2 mark in head coach Matt Rowe's first season in Royal Blue and White.