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Torregrosa, Longwe to play one doubles title today in Region VI
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Bartons Neus Torregrosa follows through on a serve against Sewards Thalita Rodrigues during the tie breaker in the first set Saturday of the Region VI Championships at Veterans Park. Rodrigues won the match. Torregros and doubles partner Idah Longwe will play for the No. 1 title today at approximately 1 p.m. - photo by Courtesy photo Katelyn Scherer

It wasn’t the day Coach Lyle Stickney was looking for. But in the long run, it didn’t matter that much.
The Barton women’s tennis team was not able to pick up a win until the final match at the Region VI Championships at Veterans Park Saturday during the opening round in a battle of three ranked teams.
But the Cougars will get to take a full team to the NJCAA Championships in Tucson, Ariz. Next month. With Hesston not fielding a women’s team, all the participants will head to the NJCAA Championships.
No. 6 Seward County and No. 8 Cowley will battle it out today for the region title.
Barton, ranked No. 16, finished third.
The Cougars were hoping to get wins from the No. 1 singles and doubles teams as well at No. 4 singles.
But only the No. 1 doubles accomplished that feat. The Cougars were the third seed in each of the events with the exception of No. 1 doubles, where Barton carried the second seed into the event.
Neus Torregrosa and Idah Longwe teamed to defeat the No. 1 team of Sarah Frendo and Sara Petric of Cowley to advance to the finals Sunday.
Torregrosa and Longwe won a 3-set thriller, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 to move on to face Seward’s Thalita Rodrigues and Lisa Suzuki Sunday for the Region VI title.
At No. 1 singles, Torregrosa took an early lead in her battle with Seward’s Rodrigues, but fell in two sets. Torregrosa lost the first set in a tie-breaker, during a 7-6 (4), 6-3 setback to place third.
Barton’s other good hope for a singles win came at No. 4 but Longwe lost to Cowley’s Maria Garduno in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1.
Juliana Romalho battle for a set No. 2 singles, but fell to Cowley’s Barbara Broville, 6-4, 6-1.
Barton’s No. 3 doubles team also gave a battle in the second set, but came up short to the Cowley team of Maria Zimmerman and Broville, 6-2, 6-4.
The finals are set for Sunday at Vets Park with play starting a 9 am. Torregrosa and Longwe will play for the No. 1 doubles title at approximately 1 pm.
Next on the docket for the Cougars will be the NJCAA Championships in Tucson Ariz. That will take place May 7-11 in at the Reffkin Tennis Center.

Region VI
First Round
1 – Sarah Frendo, Cowley, received a bye
Thalita Rodrigues, Seward, def Neus Torregrosa, Barton, 7-6 (4), 6-3
2 – Sarah Manseri, Seward, received a bye
Barbara Broville, Cowley, def Julia Romalho, Barton, 6-4, 6-1
3 – Sara Petric, Cowley, received a bye
Lisa Suzuki, Seward, def Julianna Seabra, Barton, 6-0, 6-0
4 – Steffany Bermudez, Seward, received a bye
Maria Garduno, Cowley, def Idah Longwe, Barton, 6-3, 6-1
5 – Kasey Coker Cowley, received a bye
Martina Borges, Seward, def Jenna Groene, Barton, 6-1, 6-1
6 – Fernanda Santana, Seward, received a bye
Maria Zimmerman, Cowley, def Shai Cartmill, Barton, 6-2, 6-1

1 – Rodrigues/Suzuki, Seward, received a bye
Torregrosa/Longwe, Barton, def Petric/Frendo, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
2 – Manseri/Bermudez, Seward, received a bye
Coker/Garduno, Cowley, def Romalho/Seabra, Barton, 6-2, 6-1
3 – Mrewa/Hoelting, Seward, received a bye
Broville/Zimmerman, Cowley, def Groene/Cartmill, Barton, 6-2, 6-4