by Doug Page
BANNER ELK, N.C. – A 9-0 victory for the Barton College women's tennis team on Sunday over Lees-McRae College capped a perfect weekend for the Bulldogs in Conference Carolinas action. Sophomore Marissa Stevenson extended her singles winning streak to 10 matches for BC.
Barton (10-9, 6-2) moved into a tie for third place in the conference with Belmont Abbey with the win as both BC and the Crusaders will meet on Wednesday at the BC Tennis Complex. Lees-McRae (6-7, 2-7) wouldn't do down without a fight as the Bobcats battled at the top two doubles positions and forced a third set at the No. 1 and No. 2 position in singles competition.
Junior Vanessa Sanoja and freshman Ada Vargas were victorious 8-5 against LMC's Jaden Acklin and Rebecca Pierce to help give Barton a 2-0 lead in the match and momentum with the top doubles contest still in action. The Bulldogs would up their lead in the match to 3-0 as junior Daria Avram and sophomore Marissa Stevenson outlasted the Lees-McRae duo of Sandy Allen and Mackenzie Langmade for an 8-7 victory.
Barton rolled its momentum in singles competition as Stevenson tallied a 6-1, 6-0 victory at the No. 3 position against Acklin to run her winning streak in singles play to 10 consecutive matches.
Vargas, Capellades, and Hamilton were all victorious in their singles matches as BC looked to its top two singles matches to pave the way against the Bobcats.
At the No. 1 position, it would be Avram coming back to defeat Allen after dropping the opening set 6-3. Avram rallied for a 7-6, 6-2 victory, while Sanoja would need three sets in her matchup at the No. 2 position for BC. Sanoja won the opening set 6-1 before falling 6-2 against Langmade in the second. Sanoja outlasted Langmade to record a 7-6 victory and secure her match for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs close the regular season with three matches at home beginning on April 11 against Belmont Abbey at 2 p.m.