TUCSON, Ariz.— After suffering a tough 3-set loss in the opening round Barbara Codognotto was unbeatable.
The freshman for the Barton Community College women’s tennis team rolled through the No. 3 consolation draw with relative ease to capture the consolation finals.
“The highlight of the tournament was Barb’s run through No. 3 singles,” Barton coach Lyle Stickney said. “She lost in three sets to the No. 8 seed then determinedly knocked off four opponents on her way to the consolation championship.”
In the process she teamed with Karli Beck to make it to the consolation finals of No. 2 doubles where they came up just short, taking second.
“They made their way to the back draw finals and lost a tough match,” coach Stickney said. “Both of these young ladies had a great tournament.”
Codognotto wrapped up the consolation draw in No. 3 singles with an 8-4 win over Cassidy McWhorter of Eastern Arizona in the finals Wednesday.
Earlier in the day she had to beat Kaitlyn Seldal of Moraine Valley (Ill) in semifinal action. She did so with very little trouble, winning 8-2.
In the consolation draw, Codognotto rolled her opponents by a total game count of 32-12.
Codognotto and Beck, a freshman from Claflin, breezed through the consolation draw in No. 2 doubles until they reached the finals.
In the finals the duo were beaten in a close match by Desiree Curiel and Michelle Fournier of Mesa (Ariz.) by an 8-5 count.
The duo had won three matches to get there pretty handily, winning 8-4 to open consolation play then coasting to a pair of 8-0 wins to get to the finals.
The Cougars wrapped up the NJCAA Championships with 9.5 points and in 20th place.