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April 5, 2013

Barton women's tennis tackles Tornado for 10th win


by Kevin Buczek

BRISTOL, Tenn.-Barton College swept doubles and won three of four singles matches played en route to a dominating 8-1 Conference Carolinas women's tennis victory over host King College on Friday afternoon at the King Tennis Courts.

Senior Francesca Del Pozo, sophomore Alicia Lasry and freshman Smiljana Kljajic all won their singles matchups as the Lady Bulldogs reached the 10-win plateau for a second straight season. Barton improved to 10-6 overall and 6-4 in the league. The Tornado remained winless on the season with a depleted active roster at 0-13 and 0-7.

Senior Lindsey Frederick and sophomore Meredith Pruden won a wild 9-7 decision in the top doubles bout to help preserve a sweep of doubles. Frederick-Pruden moved to .500 paired together at 2-2.

Kljajic and Lasry easily rolled to an 8-1 win in the second doubles match while Del Pozo and junior Caroline Fischer were awarded a forfeit win. Kljajic-Lasry improved to 3-1 as partners.

Kljajic and Lasry both won for a fourth consecutive time atop the Lady Bulldogs singles lineup. Kljajic (5-10) had little trouble at No. 1 only losing one game in a 6-1, 6-0 triumph. Lasry (11-4) had to work a lot harder in rallying for a 1-6, 7-6 (5), 10-8 gutsy win at No. 2. 

Lasry leads Barton with 11 wins on the season.

King had no players at No. 5 and No. 6, allowing Pruden and Frederick to gain defaulted wins. Junior Kristy Lievense was moved up from her usual sixth spot in the lineup to third and was unable to pull off her biggest win of the season in a 6-2, 6-3 loss. Del Pozo (2-1) played her first singles dual match of the spring semester at No. 4 and took advantage with a 6-1, 7-5 win.

Barton will conclude its weekend trip to Tennessee with a non-conference match against Milligan College on Saturday at Noon.