by Cory Guinn
COLUMBUS, GA. – The Barton men's tennis team's 2017 season came to end on Saturday afternoon following a 5-1 loss to nationally-ranked Columbus State University in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional.
Columbus State, ranked No. 3 in the latest ITA National Poll and No. 1 in the Southeast Region, garnered a 2-1 lead after doubles play on its home court.
Barton's No. 1 tandem of freshman Julian Bosch and sophomore Jesus Gil collected an 8-4 win over the No. 22 doubles team in the nation in CSU's Maciej Kierkus and KP Pannu, the duo's fifth straight victory.
The Cougars won three consecutive singles matches to seal the victory and advance. However, Barton did not go quietly as three matches were left unfinished with Barton having won a set, forced a tiebreaker or tied.
The Bulldogs conclude the season with a 15-9 overall record, the most wins for a Barton men's tennis team since the 2006 season.
#3 Columbus State University 5, Barton College 1
1. #32 KP Pannu (CSU-M) def. Julian Bosch (BARTON) 6-1, 6-0
2. Zach Whaanga (CSU-M) vs. Jake McCartney (BARTON) 7-6 (7-5), 4-1, unfinished
3. Paul Sprengelmeijer (CSU-M) def. Yaxi Pintado (BARTON) 6-2, 6-1
4. Matei Avram (CSU-M) vs. Rory Gaydon (BARTON) 6-4, 5-5, unfinished
5. Jorge Vargas (CSU-M) def. Ermanno Galimberti (BARTON) 6-0, 6-3
6. Shao-Yu Yu (CSU-M) vs. Jesus Gil (BARTON) 5-7, 6-1, 2-1, unfinished
1. Julian Bosch/Jesus Gil (BARTON) def. #22 KP Pannu/Maciej Kierkus (CSU-M) 8-4
2. Matei Avram/Zach Whaanga (CSU-M) def. Ermanno Galimberti/Yaxi Pintado (BARTON) 8-1
3. Jorge Vargas/Shao-Yu Yu (CSU-M) def. Rory Gaydon/Jake McCartney (BARTON) 9-7
Barton College 15-9
Columbus State 22-3; National ranking #3; Regional ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,5,3)
NCAA Tournament - Southeast Regional #1
#1 Columbus State vs. #9 Barton