by Doug Page
FLORENCE, S.C. – The Barton College men's tennis team dropped a pair of 5-2 decisions on Saturday at the City of Florence College Tennis Invitational. BC started the day by falling against Conference Carolinas foe, the University of Mount Olive. The Bulldogs closed the day with a loss against Peach Belt Conference member Augusta University.
In its opening match against the Trojans, BC fell behind UMO 2-1 after doubles play, as the No. 1 tandem of Jesus Gil and Diego Agudelo lost 8-5. The No. 2 duo of Rory Gaydon and Oscar Marmestedt fell 8-3, while Barton's No. 3 team of Alessandro Gerbino and Hugh Ryder earned a 9-8 (1) victory for the Bulldogs.
Barton recorded its lone victory in singles play at the No. 3 spot as Agudelo triumphed 6-2, 6-3 for the Bulldogs. The Trojans tallied wins at the No. 1, No. 2, and No. 6 positions to secure the match for Mount Olive. Gaydon would drop a 6-0, 6-1 decision in the top spot for BC, while Gil fell 6-2, 6-1 in the No. 2 spot. Ryder battled in the No. 6 spot for the Bulldogs before dropping a 7-5, 6-3 decision.
In its nightcap, BC faced the Jaguars from Augusta University. Barton responded in doubles play by knotting the match 1-1 with a victory at the No. 1 position. Gil and Agudelo were dominant for the Bulldogs in earning an 8-5 decision. The Jaguars would take a 2-1 lead after the completion of doubles play as the tandem of Gaydon and Marmestedt dropped a hard-fought 9-8 (3) decision for Barton.
Gil quickly knotted the match once again for Barton by winning his match at the No. 2 spot 6-0, 6-4. The Jaguars would each of the next three singles matches to secure the victory against BC. Gaydon fell 6-2, 6-1 in the top spot for Barton, while Ryder was bested 6-4, 6-4. The deciding match saw Marmestedt drop a 6-2, 6-3 decision as the Jaguars completed the 5-2 team victory.
A pair of singles matches featuring Agudelo and Gerbino wouldn't be completed under the tournament format once the victory was clinched for Augusta.
Barton returns home to host Francis Marion University on Feb. 10 at 12 p.m. The Bulldogs then hit the road for a trio of matches before hosting Edinboro University on Mar. 10 at 10 a.m.