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Barton women lose first tennis match of season
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It wasn’t the outcome the Barton women wanted for its tennis home opener.
Barton was 3-0 on the young season but couldn’t keep that unbeaten string going as Colorado Christian came Great Bend and handed Barton a 6-3 loss.
“We were listless out there today, even in the matches that we won,” Coach Lyle Stickney said. “We didn’t apply ourselves and that’s on me. I need to do a better job of having their minds right before they take the court.”
The Cougars Daniela Sanz and Idah Longwe stayed unbeaten on the season. Sanz is 4-0 at No. 1 singles and Longwe 4-0 at No. 3 singles. The tandem is also 4-0 at No. 1 doubles.
Sanz and Longwe hooked up for an 8-5 win over Paige Crews and Maddie Andersson at No. 1 doubles. Sanz then defeated Crews 6-3 and 6-2 at No. 1 singles while Longwe had to battle for a 2-6, 6-1, 10-8 win at No. 3 singles over Katy Balli.
“On the positive side Daniela Sanz and Idah Longwe remain unbeaten this spring,” Coach Stickney said. “I mixed-up our No. 2 and No. 3 doubles partners thinking it would create more energy and more wins.
“It didn’t. Apparently, I’m not too smart.”
Coach Stickney moved Baylee Reade up to No. 2 doubles and Karli Beck from that position to No. 3.
Reade and Juliana Seabra lost 8-2 to Balli and Jennifer Perkins of Colorado Christian while Beck and McKenna Hammeke dropped an 8-4 decision to Maria Aquirre and Raeghan Rudkin, 8-4.
Besides the wins by Sanz and Longwe, the Cougars were blanked in singles. Seabra lost 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2 singles to Perkins. And Beck 6-1, 6-3 at No. 4 to Andersson.
Reade lost 6-4, 6-2 to Rudkin at No. 5 and Hammeke, 6-3, 6-1 to Aguirre at No. 6.
Next up for the Cougars is Tabor at Hillsboro Tuesday.