ELLINWOOD – Daniela Sanz and Idah Longwe once again paced the Barton women’s tennis team to a second win in a span of three days.
This time the duo combined to earn three wins as Barton squeaked by Bethel by the slimmest of margins, 5-4.
Sanz and Longwe teamed up to win No. 1 doubles then both won their single matches for the Cougars.
“Dani and Idah both won easily again,” Coach Lyle Stickney said. “As a team, we certainly had some focus issues, but, thankfully we were able to pull out the win.”
Sanz and Longwe won No. 1 doubles with some resistance, defeating Rachel Herzog and Kimberly Buzbee by an 8-4 count. Sanz is now 8-2 and Longwe 9-1 on the year.
Both had a pretty easy time in singles. Sanz won No. 1 singles, 6-3, 6-1 over Herzog while Longwe defeated Breanne Rogers at No. 3 singles, 6-1, 6-1.
The Cougars’ other win in singles was an 8-6 triumph for Baylee Reade over Kelsey Jump at No. 5.
“Baylee especially struggled in her doubles match,” Coach Stickney said. “But she was able to shake it off and win her singles match. Her singles’ win was a big win for us.”
Barton also won No. 2 doubles as Juliana Seabra and Karli Beck won a close battle with Rogers and Serena Wong. The Barton duo held on for an 8-6 win.
Reade and McKenna Hammeke weren’t as fortunate, losing 8-0 at No. 3 doubles to Julie Baker and Steph Brown.
Seabra lost another hotly contested singles match at No. 2. A couples days after a tie-breaking loss, she was at again, this time going even longer before succumbing.
Seabra was beaten by Buzbee, 6-4, 4-6, 15-13.
Beck gave Wong a battle at No. 3 singles, coming up short, 6-3, 6-3. Hammeke fell to Baker at No. 6, 6-3, 6-0.
Barton is back in action Monday when the Cougars travel to Arkansas City to take on Cowley in a dual between Region VI teams. First serve is set for Noon.
“Hopefully Dani and Idah can sustain their level of play,” Coach Stickney said. “They will have difficult matches on Monday at Cowley, their opponents are both undefeated in conference play.”