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Cougars win three opening round matches at NJCAA Championships

TUCSON, Ariz. – After winning three matches the opening day of the NJCAA Championships, the Barton Community College women’s tennis team was not able to advance anyone into the quarterfinals of the main draw.

Claflin freshman Karli Beck and Brazil freshman Daniela Sanz both won their first round singles match while Sanz and Margaux Perez of France advanced in doubles. All, however, failed to get into the quarterfinals with second round losses.

Beck made things look easy in her first round contest at No. 4 singles. She rolled to a 6-1, 6-1 win over Marina Schmidt of Harford (Md.).

With that win, however, came a tough second round match with the draw’s No. 2 seed Paige Murdock of Tyler Junior College (Texas). Murdock blanked Beck, 6-0, 6-0.

At No. 2 singles, Sanz made quick work of her opponent in the opening round. She rolled to a 6-1, 6-1 win over Ashlyn Berogan of Sauk Valley (Ill.).

But, like Beck, she was not able to get into the quarterfinals. Sanz was the draw’s No. 8 seed but lost in straight sets, 6-1, 7-5 to Thea Minor of New Mexico Military Institute.

She teamed with Perez in No. 1 doubles for another straight set win to open the tournament. The duo defeated Kara Chitty and Lenka Styblova of Jacksonville College (Texas), 6-4, 6-2.

Sanz and Perez hooked up with No. 7 seed in round 16 losing in straight sets. The Barton tandem lost to the Abraham Baldwin (Ga.) team of Kelly Burge and Lizanne Jinkertz 6-3, 6-1.

Barton nearly put a third singles’ player in the round of 16 as Barbara Codognotto almost pulled off an upset of the No. 8 seed. Codognotto won her opening set 7-5 over Seminole State’s (Okla.) Jaycie Talbot. But Talbot came back to win the next two sets 6-1 and 6-2.

Codognotto stayed alive in the consolation bracket Monday with a win over Claire Rounsaville of Jones County (Miss.) 8-6 to move into the bracket’s quarterfinals where she will play Olivia Longoria of Jacksonville College today.

Kelly Brauer and Stephanie Langer also nearly moved into the round of 16 at No. 3 doubles. Brauer, a sophomore from Dodge City and Langer, a freshman from Great Bend, won their opening set against Meridian’s (Miss.) Jami Daugherty and Taylor White 6-3. But, like Codognotto in singles, the duo couldn’t close out the match falling to Daugherty and White on the next two sets 6-3 and 6-1.

Brauer and Langer received a bye to open consolation play and will play their quarterfinal consolation match today.

The rest of the Cougars lost in straight sets in the opening round. Beck and Codognotto lost 6-0, 6-4 to the draw’s No. 7 seed Samantha Arevalo and Ashlee Priddey of Broward College’s (Fla.) at No. 2 doubles.

Beck and Codognotto stayed alive Monday with an 8-4 win in the consolation draw. The duo defeated Alina Patthana and Ellie Weber of Elgin (Ill) to advance to the consolation quarterfinals.

Perez was down 4-1 to Noelle Karp of Pima College (Ariz.) when she defaulted at No. 1 singles.

Perez ended her No. 1 singles stay at the event with an 8-1 loss to Ilijana Ivic of Laredo (Texas) in the opening round of the consolation bracket.

Brauer lost to No. 7 seed Kailey Hamilton of Seminole State (Okla.), 6-2, 6-1 at No. 5. Rebecca Brining lost 6-0, 6-1 to Jahnessa Mackey of Pima at No. 6.

Brining moved into the quarterfinals of the No. 6 consolation draw after receiving a bye in the opening round consolation bracket. She will battle Taylor Cowart of Abraham Baldwin today.

Brauer lost 8-6 in the consolation round to Lindsey Walker of Moraine Valley (Ill.) and is now done at No. 5 singles.