by Kevin Buczek
WILSON, N.C.-Junior Lindsey Frederick and sophomore Mika Deane combined for three points in leading host Barton College to a 7-2 Conference Carolinas women's tennis victory over King College on Saturday at the Barton Tennis Complex.
The Lady Bulldogs (9-9 Overall, 5-4 Conf.) clinched a bid to the 2012 Conference Carolinas Tournament that starts next week with the victory and will be somewhere between the 5-7 seed depended on results over the final days of the regular season.
The Tornado (2-15, 0-10) remained winless in its first year of league competition.
Barton won the top two doubles matches by matching 8-3 scores to secure the team victory early as King handicapped itself by having to forfeit the third doubles match and the last two singles matches with only four active players.
Frederick-Deane improved to 12-6 overall and 5-4 in the conference paired together.
Deane and Frederick kept up strong play in singles action as both players only lost three games en route to wins at the top two positions in the lineup. Deane (11-7, 6-3) won 6-2, 6-1 in the first flight and Frederick (8-6, 3-4) secured the second seed win by a 6-1, 6-2 score.
Kayla Ketron and Eden Sherrod prevented the shutout for the Tornado. Ketron captured a pair of 6-3 wins to take the third match in straight sets. Sherrod battled back from a 6-2 first set loss to BC sophomore Francesca Del Pozo to win with last two sets 7-5 and 10-6 in the most competitive match of the day at No. 4.
The Lady Bulldogs next resume a halted match against Belmont Abbey College from Feb. 24 at home on Monday beginning at 3 p.m.