by Doug Page
SUMTER, S.C. – Both the Barton men's and women's tennis teams competed in the ITA Southeast Regional Small College/Oracle Tennis Championships over the weekend with the men's doubles tandem junior Jesus Gil and sophomore Julian Bosch reaching the quarterfinals of the A Flight.
Gil and Bosch started the A Doubles Flight by dispatching Ignacio Bidegain and Tomas Depaggio of Anderson University 8-1 in the round of 32. The duo then defeated Matt Astell and Charlie Hutchings from Francis Marion University 8-3 in the round of 16. In the quarterfinals, Gil and Bosch would fall short against Columbus State University's fifth-seeded combination of Kiranpal Pannu and Alvaro Regelado 8-4.
The men's team also saw the doubles pair of sophomore Ermanno Galimberti and freshman Hugh Ryder reach the quarterfinals after defeating the fifth-seeded duo of Jared Bones and Timothy Kiehl from University of North Georgia 8-6. The tandem then dropped their next match against Alex Crespo and Tales Miranda from Lenoir-Rhyne University 8-4.
In the men's singles competition, Bosch delivered an upset against fifth-seeded Pedro Ecenarro from Georgia College in the round of 64, winning 6-3, 7-6 (4) to advance in the A Flight. The round of 32 paired Bosch against Gaspard Mathieu from Augusta University, with the Bergisch Gladbach, Germany native recording the 6-1, 6-2 victory. Columbus State's Zach Whaanga ended Bosch's run in the round of 16 with a 6-4, 6-0 decision.
The B Singles Flight saw freshman Oscar Marmestedt advance to the round of 32 after besting Jorge Canadas of Emmanuel College 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (3). Looking to build off his three-set thriller against Canadas, Marmestedt battled against ninth-seeded Nikhil Mannepalli from Newberry College before dropping a 6-3, 6-4 decision.
In the A Singles Flight consolation round, Gil flew through the competition, advancing to the quarterfinals after knocking off third-seeded Sergio Guilherme of Young Harris College and David Korsten of Lander University. Gil battled against Tales Miranda of Lenoir-Rhyne, but would fall in straight sets 7-5, 6-2.
Sophomore Rory Gaydon advanced to the third round of competition in the B Singles Flight consolation after defeating third-seeded Kevin Magnusson of North Georgia by scores of 4-6, 6-4, 10-6.
The women's team saw junior Daria Avram, who competed in the A Singles Flight, advance to the round of 32 after winning her round of 64 matchup against Eva Miro of Augusta 6-3, 6-2. Jena Kelly of Georgia College would end Avram's run in the next round by scores of 6-3, 6-2.
Junior Vanessa Sanoja also appeared in the A Singles Flight for the Lady Bulldogs. Sanoja advanced to the consolation qualifier round before falling to Katie Loudermilk of Anderson 6-3, 6-3. Sophomore Marissa Stevenson, also in the same flight, battled against North Georgia's Holly Bennett before falling 6-4, 7-5.
In doubles competition, Avram and Stevenson dropped their A Flight matchup in the round of 32 against Lizanne Jinkertz and Paloma Martinez of Flagler College 8-6.
Barton will host its own invitational to close out its fall schedule. That event is slated for October 13-15 at the Barton Tennis Complex.