McDaniel’s individual title highlights weekend competition for Barton men’s tennis

by Cory Guinn

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Barton freshman X'Zavier McDaniel won the only individual title of the weekend for Barton as the men's tennis competed in the Methodist Tennis Invitational hosted by Methodist University.

McDaniel, a native of Rocky Mount, N.C., began his collegiate tennis career with a bang by winning the #7 Singles Draw. The first-year player won his first round matchup 6-2, 6-0 before defeating Guilford College's Logan Glass 6-2, 6-2 in the finale.

Senior Jake McCartney collected a 6-3, 6-1 win in the #1 Singles Draw, while freshman Julian Bosch made his first appearance at the collegiate level with a 7-6, 2-6, 10-2 victory over Caius Blomqvist of Averett University in the #1 Singles Draw consolation bracket.

Senior Yaxi Pintado and freshman Ermanno Galimberti each rebounded from opening round losses in the #2 Singles Draw to compete in the consolation bracket title match. Galimberti was able to come out on top, defeating his teammate 6-0, 6-2 for the win.

Sophomore Jesus Gil also won an individual consolation title in the #4 Singles Draw, winning back-to-back matches by scores of 6-2, 6-0 and 7-6, 6-0, respectively. Fellow first-year player Hari Clarke was the final member of the program to win a consolation title, defeating Justin Tegen of Methodist University 8-3.

Freshman Rory Gaydon registered a 6-3, 6-1 win in the first round of the #3 Singles Draw, while junior Robby Taylor won 7-5, 6-1 in the first round of the #4 Singles Draw before falling in the third place match. Senior McKennon Griffin also won a first round match in the #5 Singles Draw, defeating Brock Ebersole of Methodist 6-4, 6-3.

In doubles competition, the duo of Bosch and Gil advanced to the championship match of the #1 Doubles Draw after winning their first two matches 8-6 and 8-5. However, the team lost to a doubles pairing from Mount Olive 8-2 in the finale.

McCartney and Gaydon lost their first match in the #1 Doubles Draw but were able to come away with an 8-7 win over a team from Methodist 8-7 in the consolation title contest. The tandem of Pintado and Taylor was able to win its first two matches of the #2 Doubles Draw 8-2, 8-7, before falling in the championship match. Clarke and McDaniel teamed together to win the #3 Doubles Draw consolation title.

Barton is action again this weekend when individual members travel to Sumter, S.C. to compete in the ITA Fall Tournament at the Palmetto Tennis Center.