Men’s tennis honors senior class with 9-0 win over Lees-McRae on Senior Day

Seniors (L-R) Yaxi Pintado, Jake McCartney and McKennon Griffin were each honored in a pre-match ceremony on Sunday at the Barton Tennis Complex. | Photo by Brittany Arent
Seniors (L-R) Yaxi Pintado, Jake McCartney and McKennon Griffin were each honored in a pre-match ceremony on Sunday at the Barton Tennis Complex. | Photo by Brittany Arent

by Cory Guinn

WILSON, N.C. – The three members of Barton's senior class shown bright on Senior Day in a 9-0 win for the men's tennis team over Conference Carolinas foe Lees-McRae College on Sunday afternoon.

Seniors Jake McCartney and Yaxi Pintado teamed together to win 8-3 in the No. 1 position for Barton during doubles play, while fellow senior McKennon Griffin combined with freshman Ermanno Galimberti for an 8-7 (7-2) victory at No. 3.

The Bulldogs were ahead 3-0 after doubles competition as the No. 2 duo of sophomore Jesus Gil and freshman Rory Gaydon won 8-0 over the Bobcats.

In singles play, freshman Alexandre Alves was a 6-0, 6-0 winner at No. 6 before McCartney clinched the match win for BC with a 6-4, 2-0 win at No. 1 as his opponent retired early in the second set.

Galimberti, Gaydon, Gil and Pintado each won their respective singles matches in leading Barton to its third shutout victory of the season.

Barton travels to take on rival University of Mount Olive on Tuesday, April 4 in its final league match of the season before back-to-back contests against NCAA Division I opponents over the next two weeks.

Barton 9, Lees-McRae 0

Singles:
1. Jake McCartney (BARTON) def. Gabriel Muniz (LMC) 6-4, 2-0 (retired)
2. Yaxi Pintado (BARTON) def. Sebastian Zuhr (LMC) 6-1, 6-0
3. Rory Gaydon (BARTON) def. Brandon Caldwell (LMC) 6-1, 6-1
4. Ermanno Galimberti (BARTON) def. Cole Douglas-Fields (LMC) 6-2, 6-2
5. Jesus Gil (BARTON) def. Thomas Deeley (LMC) 7-5, 6-1
6. Alexandre Alves (BARTON) def. Grant Miller (LMC) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles:
1. Jake McCartney/Yaxi Pintado (BARTON) def. Gabriel Muniz/Sebastian Zuhr (LMC) 8-3
2. Rory Gaydon/Jesus Gil (BARTON) def. Brandon Caldwell/Grant Miller (LMC) 8-0
3. Ermanno Galimberti/McKennon Griffin (BARTON) def. Thomas Deeley/Cole Douglas-Fields (LMC) 8-7 (7-2)

Records:
Lees-McRae College 1-11, 0-5 CC
Barton College 11-5, 7-2 CC
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (6,1,3,2,4,5)