Barton men’s tennis falls close at home to league rival Mount Olive, 4-3

Barton sophomore Hugh Ryder prevailed at second doubles and sixth singles in a one-point loss to Mount Olive Wednesday at home.  Photo courtesy of Matt Proseus
Barton sophomore Hugh Ryder prevailed at second doubles and sixth singles in a one-point loss to Mount Olive Wednesday at home. Photo courtesy of Matt Proseus

WILSON, N.C. – The Barton men's tennis team (9-8, 4-2) took Mount Olive (8-6, 5-1) to the limit but the Trojans prevailed by a 4-3 score Wednesday afternoon in a Conference Carolinas contest at the Bulldogs complex.

The Bulldogs won at second doubles courtesy of junior Rory Gaydon (Darlington, ENGLAND) and sophomore Hugh Ryder (Dartmouth, ENGLAND) and third doubles thanks to freshman James Kelly (Mazabuka, ZAMBIA) and sophomore Alessandro Gerbino (Borlange, SWEDEN) for a 1-0 lead entering singles play. 

The tandem of Gaydon and Ryder also won their fourth straight doubles' contest.

However, Mount Olive came back to take four of the six singles' matches.  Gaydon (No. 2 singles) and Ryder (No. 6 singles) were the lone two Bulldogs to win twice on the day.  Gaydon beat the Trojans' Martin Moser (Voecklabruck, AUSTRIA) by a score of 7-5, 6-2 while Ryder won over Alex Meseguer Carce (Castellon de la Planan, SPAIN), 6-0 and 7-5.

Barton remains at home to face Lees-McRae on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., while Mount Olive hosts North Greenville in a conference contest Friday at 2:00 p.m.