By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Cougar men face tough competition at OKC
Men's tennis competes at OKC.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.— The fall tennis season gives schools a chance to compete on an individual basis. No team scores are kept but players get a chance to get some competitive action.

The Barton Community College men’s tennis team traveled to Oklahoma City over the weekend for its first taste of competition this fall.

Barton won just four matches in a highly competitive OKC Collegiate Open hosted by Seminole State College.

“We knew going in that this was going to be a very difficult tournament,” coach Lyle Stickney said. “Most of our guys played top seeds in the first round so it was immediately an uphill battle”.

Barton played two individuals in each of the five draws as well as five doubles teams.

Tristan Jones and Chase Penka each recorded first round wins before losing their second match.

Jones, a sophomore from Andover, won his opener at No. 4 singles over Baje Andrianarivelo, 6-0, 6-1. He lost in the quarterfinals to the draw’s 3rd seed.

Penka, a sophomore from Larned,  won his first match at No. 5 singles, over Rodrigo Llaneza, 6-4, 6-3 then lost in the semifinals in straight sets.

Ray Strunk, a freshman from Valley Center,  lost his first match at No. 2 singles to the 4th seed then received a walk over injury win to start consolation play. Strunk lost in consolation quarterfinal action.

Marc Waite of Ellinwood picked up the other win for the Cougars. After a first round loss Waite defeated Brady Mathews 6-4, 7-6 before losing in the consolation semis at No. 4 singles.

At No. 1 singles Javier Fernandez and Luis Soares both went 0-2 with Soares losing to the 3rd seed in the opening round.

Trevor Herbst went 0-2 at No. 2 singles. Cole Hardin and Sam Barker did likewise at No. 3 singles with Barker losing to the 4th seed in the opening round.

Jack Anderson also went 0-2 at No. 5 singles.

The lone doubles team to earn a win was Jones and Waite at No. 2 where they advanced to the consolation semis.  Anderson and Penka also made it to the consolation semis after getting a bye to start consolation play.