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No. 10 Barton women's tennis ends 3-1 in Texas
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PLANO, Texas – The No. 10 ranked Barton Community College women's tennis team finished 3-1 against ranked opponents in Plano, Texas, participating in the Collin College Super Six Bash.

The Cougars were swept in doubles, but split six singles matches in a 6-3 loss to No. 9 Collin County, Texas.

The Cougars surprised No, 5 Weatherford, Texas 5-4 and earned a 7-2 victory over No. 15 Jacksonville College Barton (5-2) closed with a 6-3 victory over No. 14 Meridian, Miss.

No. 18 and No. 1 singles Luciana Braga (7-0) swept Collin's No. 15 Ekaterina Orlova 6-0, 6-4. She beat No. 20 Nana Kusumoto of Jacksonville 6-3, 6-0. Braga survived her third match 6-3 and 7-6 (7-2). She earned a tough 12-10 tiebreaker versus No. 17 Randy Rakotoarilala of Meridian.

No. 5 Ana Vasilis lost two games out of 50 including a straight set 6-0, 6-0 shutout in the fourth spot over Jacksonville's No 41 Adriana Iturraide.

Vasilis and No. 3 doubles partner Ana Alice Tosetto led Barton's doubles' results going 2-1 plus a forfeited victory coming against Jacksonville. The No. 1 tandem of Braga and Carmen Lyons were on the wrong side of four tough matches with Andrea Pulido and Diana Souza splitting their duo results.

Like Vasilis, Tosetto was unblemished in the No. 6 slot of the lineup, allowing just two losses in her thirty-eight games played and receiving another victory due to Jacksonville's forfeit.

No. 2 singles Andjela Mrvaljelic missed the weekend action, and the lineup from No. 2 through No. 4 shifted.

“We’re thinner personnel-wise on the women’s team,” said Barton coach Lyle Stickney. “Playing without our No. 2 player forced our No. 3 through No. 7 to play up a spot.”

Lyons knocked off two ranked opponents in 2-2 weekend, victories coming on a 15-13 third set breaker marathon over 34th ranked Tsitsi Claire Mahere of Meridian and a straight set victory over No. 47 Ozi-Oiza Yakubu of Jacksonville. The sophomore's losses came playing up in the No. 2 slot against the 24th ranked Mikayla Pitt of Collin and Meridian's No. 22 Isabella Quintero.

Pulido and Souza each went 1-3 in Barton's other singles results.

Barton competes at McPherson March 5. The Cougars play at home March 15 in the 2-day Stueder Contractors' Cougar Classic.