Coming off a loss to the No. 4 team in the country, the Barton women’s tennis team was ready to take out some frustration.
The foe in its sights was Hesston College. The Cougars rolled to an 8-1 win over the Larks. Barton swept the doubles and won all but one of the singles matches on the way to the win. The win evened the Cougars at 4-4 in duals on the season.
“It was refreshing to play a team that does not solely consist of international players,” Barton Coach Lyle Stickney said. “We needed a win like today’s to get that ugly taste of defeat out of our mouths
“Mother Nature was, as usual, unkind to us as we battled strong winds all day – a constant 30-plus wind will radically affect the flight of a two ounce tennis ball. Fortunately, we practice in these conditions daily so the team soldiered through it”.
Barton dominated the Larks. Three of the singles matches ended without a loss. Two of the doubles did likewise.
Daniela Sanz rolled by Brooke Hershberger, 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles. Idah Longwe did likewise at No. 3 singles against Adrienne Derstine. That was after the duo rolled to an 8-0 win at No. 1 doubles over Hershberger and Anna Miller.
That gave the duo a perfect afternoon, each going 20-0.
McKenna Hammeke also went 20-0. She rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 6 singles over Becca Delp. Earlier she teamed with Karli Beck for an 8-0 win at No. 3 doubles over Delp and Derstine.
Beck came close as well. In addition to the blanking in doubles, Beck won No. 4 singles over Abby Dyler, 6-0, 6-1.
Baylee Reade and Juliana Seabra won their doubles match by an 8-3 count at No. 2 then Reade won 6-3, 6-3 over Christy Swarzendruber at No. 5 singles.
The lone loss during the day came at No. 2 singles in a thrilling match. Seabra fell in a tiebreaker to Miller, 7-6(5), 4-6, 10-7.
Barton will be back in Ellinwood to make it two straight when Bethel College visits Thursday at 1 p.m.