by Benny Benton
WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College women's tennis team did not lose a set last week in taking a pair of Conference Carolinas road matches against Belmont Abbey College and Lees-McRae College.
The Lady Bulldogs, 12-5 overall and 5-3 in league play, have now won four straight matches and five of the last six to take sole possession of fourth place in the league standings.
Against Belmont Abbey (1-12, 0-4), Barton lost just 13 of 109 total games played in the match. Two of the doubles teams – the No. 1 duo of Smiljana Kljajic and Ananya Sarkar and the No. 3 tandem of Randi Price and Caroline Fischer – won by 8-0 margins, and the No. 2 team of Alicia Lasry and Meredith Pruden won 8-3.
In singles play, Pruden and Fischer both blanked their opponents, 6-0, 6-0, while Kljajic and Price both lost just one game in two sets. Lasry claimed her match at No. 3, 6-1, 6-2, and Sarkar took the No. 2 singles match, 6-1, 6-4.
The Lady Bulldogs were tested only slightly more against the Bobcats (1-13, 0-7). Kljajic and Sarkar won at No. 1 doubles, 8-3, and the other two doubles squads were victorious, 8-4.
Price and Fischer dropped just three games between them in the No. 5 and No. 6 slots, while Pruden also cruised at No. 4, 6-1, 6-2.
Kljajic took her match, 6-3, 6-2, while Sarkar had the same totals in reverse, 6-2, 6-3. Lasry captured her match by a count of 6-4, 6-1.
All six of those players now have at least eight singles wins on the season. Pruden leads the way with a 13-3 record, and Kljajic reached double-figures at 10-5 with the victory at Lees-McRae.
The Lady Bulldogs will play a non-conference match at Catawba on Tuesday and then visit King University on Friday for the final league battle of the regular season.