Barton men’s tennis falls to Francis Marion by a tough 6-1 score on the road

Barton junior Rory Gaydon won at second singles Saturday afternoon on the road against Francis Marion in Florence, S.C.   Photo by Doug Page
Barton junior Rory Gaydon won at second singles Saturday afternoon on the road against Francis Marion in Florence, S.C. Photo by Doug Page

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Barton men's tennis team (1-5) suffered a 6-1 setback to Francis Marion (4-1) Saturday afternoon at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Center.

Despite the loss, the Bulldogs did pick up a victory at No. 2 singles.  Barton junior Rory Gaydon (Darlington, ENGLAND) defeated Francis Marion's Matt Astell (Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA) by scores of 7-5 and 7-5.  Gaydon has won two straight singles matches as well.

Gaydon was also part of one of the closest doubles matches on the day.  Gaydon – along with freshman James Kelly (Mazabuka, ZAMBIA) – fell in a nail-bitter to the Patriots' Matheo Espinoza (Guayaquil, ECUADOR) and Mauricio Guerrero (Mexico City, MEXICO), 7-6 (8-6), at second doubles.

The Barton men's tennis team makes a quick turnaround and will host Bluefield State beginning at 11:00 a.m., while Francis Marion remains at home to take on Peach Belt Conference-foe USC Aiken Tuesday beginning at 2:00 p.m.