It seems like every time the Barton men’s tennis team takes the court, it brings with it high winds.
For the third straight outing this season, high winds were a third member of a dual for Barton. The Cougars could not defeat the winds nor could they defeated Central Christian.
Barton dropped a dual with the Tigers, losing 6-3 at Veteran’s Park Friday afternoon.
Central Christian took 2 of 3 doubles then captured four of the singles matches to secure the win.
Barton’s No. 1 doubles team of Marcel Miasato and Miguel Valle did earn a win, battling to an 8-6 victory over Ryder Searle and Nic Hoime.
In the other two doubles matches, Yordi Ponce and Jack Peoples lost at No. 2 to Beau Pritchard and Barrett Cooper, 8-2. At No. 3, Thales Machado and Tinashe Muzenyi fell by an 8-4 count to Tyler Bergman and Caled Rold.
“We switched up our doubles lineup and teamed Marcel with Miguel at No. 1 with Jack and Yordi playing No. 2,” Coach Lyle Stickney said. “Naturally, there was some indecision being paired with a new partner, but, we managed to win at No. 1.”
The wins at singles came at 5 and 6. Machado won No. 5 singles, 6-4, 3-6 then at 7 in the tie-breaker over Bergman. At No. 6, Muzenyi won by a 7-6 and 6-3 count over Rold.
“They won some long, difficult matches,” Coach Stickney said. “That was nice to see.”
Miasato was swept at No. 1 singles in straight sets. Peoples battled, but lost 6-4, 6-4 at No. 4 to Cooper. Ponce and Valle lost a single set battle to eight.
The Cougars, ranked No. 21 in the NJCAA, will be at Tabor on Saturday.
Central Christian 6, Barton 3
1 – Marcel Miasato, Barton, lost to Ryder Searle, 6-0, 6-1
2 – Yordi Ponce, Barton, lost to Nic Hoime, 8-4
3 – Miguel Valle, Barton, lost to Beau Pritchard, 8-6
4 – Jack Peoples, Barton, lost to Barrett Cooper, 6-4, 6-4
5 – Thales Machado, Barton, def Tyler Bergman, 6-4, 3-6, (7)
6 – Tinashe Muzenyi, Barton, def Caled Rold, 7-6, 6-3
1 – Miasato/Valle, Barton, def Searle/Hoime, 8-6
2 – Ponce/Peoples, Barton, lost to Pritchard/Cooper, 8-2
3 – Machado/Muzenyi, Barton, lost to Bergman/Rold, 8-4