by Doug Page
WILSON, N.C. – Despite falling at the No. 1 doubles position and the top two singles positions, the Barton College Bulldogs rallied to record a 6-3 win on Saturday against the Southern Wesleyan University Crusaders in Conference Carolinas men's tennis action.
Barton (6-12, 4-6) currently sits in seventh place in the league after winning each of its last two matches at home. Southern Wesleyan (6-14, 2-8) currently holds the eighth and final playoff spot for the upcoming league tournament.
Urs Widow and Siggy Menzel would hand the BC tandem of freshman Oscar Marmestedt and freshman Diego Agudelo an 8-1 loss at the No. 1 doubles position. Barton responded by winning the No. 3 doubles matchup 8-1 as sophomore Ermanno Galimberti and freshman Martijn Eleveld defeated Ben Smith and Daniel Bolivar.
Widow and Menzel continued their winning ways for the Warriors by winning each of their singles matches against Barton. Widow defeated Gaydon 4-6, 7-6, 10-5 at the No. 1 position, while Menzel handed Marmestedt a 6-4, 6-0 loss at the No. 2 position.
Barton won the other four singles matches against the Warriors as Agudelo defeated Bolivar 7-5, 6-3. Gil notched a three-set victory against Bakker, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. Galimberti and freshman Alessandro Gerbino each tallied straight-set victories at the No. 5 and No. 6 positions for the Bulldogs.
The Conference Carolinas Men's and Women's Tennis Championships are set to begin on April 20 and run through April 22 at the Palmetto Tennis Center in Sumter, S.C. The top eight teams advance to tournament play. Barton will be the seventh seed in the tournament, while Southern Wesleyan will be the eighth seed.