The Barton women’s tennis team is showing some good strength at the top of the order. But it wasn’t enough as the Cougars lost to Central Christian, 6-3, on a windy Friday at Veterans Park.
“I can think of a couple things more enjoyable than playing tennis in 40 mph winds,” Coach Lyle Stickney said. “A two ounce ball doesn’t always react the way one intends it to under these conditions.”
Barton’s Neus Torregrosa continued her good play on the season, rolling to a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles over Ryanne Ritchey. Torregrosa is ranked 9th in the NJCAA in singles.
Earlier in the day, she teamed with Sarah Hammer for an 8-2 win over Julianne Soler and Maddie Anderson.
Hammer also won her singles match, defeating Anderson in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3.
“Neus continues to play well and is now 5-1 in singles,” Coach Stickney said. “Sarah is really improving. She picked up another nice win at No. 2 singles and she and Neus are emerging as a strong doubles team.”
Those would be the only wins on the day for the Cougars.
“We had several opportunities to win at other positions, but, after getting big leads we couldn’t hang on.”
Ksenija Dmitrovic lost at No. 3 singles, losing a close first set, 7-5 then dropping a 6-2 set to Taylor Westrom to close out the match.
Shai Cartmill lost 6-4, 6-3 to Kelli Stinchcomb at No. 4. Jenna Groene and Thamires Lima lost matches to eight at No. 5 and 6.
Groene and Cartmill lost at No. 2 doubles to Ritchey and Westrom, 8-3. The No. 3 doubles team of Dmiitovic and Lima lost a close match, losing to Stinchcomb and Sarah Jane Schott, 8-5.
Barton will travel to Hillsboro Saturday to take on Tabor College.
Central Christian 6, Barton 3
1 – 9 Neus Torregrosa, Barton, def Ryanne Ritchey, 6-1, 6-0
2 – Sarah Hammer, Barton, def Maddie Anderson, 6-4, 6-3
3 – Ksenija Dmitrovic, Barton, lost to Taylor Westrom, 7-5, 6-2
4 – Shai Cartmill, Barton, lost to Kelli Stinchcomb, 6-4, 6-3
5 – Jenna Groene, Barton, lost to Brooklyn Mailey, 8-6
6 – Thamires Lima, Barton, lost to Sarah Jane Schott, 8-1
1 – Torregrosa/Hammer, Barton, def Soler/Anderson, 8-2
2 – Groene/Cartmill, Barton, lost to Ritchey/Westrom, 8-3
3 – Dmitrovic/Lima, Barton, lost to Sinchcomb/Schott, 8-5