NORTH NEWTON— With the regular season winding down, it was a good time for the Barton Community College men’s tennis team to pick up an easy win. Coming off a pair of rough losses the 22nd ranked Cougars had an easy time with Ottawa University Saturday in North Newton.
The Cougars cruised to a 7-2 win over the NAIA school. The match was the final one of the regular season against a non-region school. Barton closes out the season with a pair of Region VI teams before taking part in the Region VI tournament later this month.
Against the Braves, Barton won two of the three doubles matchs and five of the six singles matches on the way to the win.
“Our guys all turned in good performances,” Coach Lyle Stickney said. “We stumbled a bit in No.1 doubles and that was a surprise. I felt we clearly had the better players on the court, but sometimes our shot creativity gets in the way of victory.”
Matthew Rochat won both his matches during the day. He joined Dominic Fabiano at No. 2 doubles for an 8-4 win over Raj Selvaraj and Brandon Edwards. Rochat made it a 2-0 day with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Edwards at No. 4 singles. Fabiano didn’t have the same result at singles, dropping a 6-3, 6-2 decision to Selvaraj at No. 3 singles.
“Matt had another good day winning both of his matches,” Coach Stickney said. “He has been playing well for us lately.”
Alvaro Martinez and Vitor Schueler split their matches during the day. The duo teamed up at No. 1 doubles, losing 8-4 to Jacob Brendemuehl and Brenson Vile. Martinez defeated Brendemuehl just two games into No. 1 singles after the Ottawa player retired. Schueler rolled to a 6-3, 6-3 win over Vile at No. 2 singles.
Trevor Carey won his only match of the day with a hard-fought win over Austin Hale at No. 5 singles. Carey won 7-6, 6-4 over his Ottawa foe.
The Cougars picked up forfeit wins at No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles.
Barton will travel to Hesston for a Region VI battle Tuesday then close out the regular season at Cowley College Monday with another Region VI foe. The Region VI tournament will be at Cowley as well April 24.