Lady Bulldogs still winless in league play after 5-4 loss to Converse

Barton senior Smiljana Kljajic won at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles play in Saturday's match against Converse. | Photo By Benny Benton
Barton senior Smiljana Kljajic won at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles play in Saturday's match against Converse. | Photo By Benny Benton

by Cory Guinn

WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College women's team is still looking for its first win in Conference Carolinas play following a 5-4 loss to visiting Converse College on Saturday afternoon at the Barton Tennis Complex.

Due to impending rain, Barton and Converse moved the match to an early morning start and agreed to play six singles matches before concluding the day with three doubles matches.

Converse won the first singles match at the No.5 position before Barton senior Smiljana Kljajic earned a 6-1, 6-1 win over Alex Schlesener for her first league win of the season at No.1 singles. The Valkyries won at No. 6 singles to retake the lead as freshman Vanessa Sanoja won 6-3, 6-2 in the No. 2 singles spot.

Barton and Converse were tied at 3-3 after the conclusion of singles play as BC junior Dana Kelly secured a 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 three-set win at No. 3 before the Valkyries won at No. 4 singles.

The Valkyries retook the lead with an 8-2 win at No. 2 doubles and sealed the match victory with an 8-1 decision at No. 3 doubles. Kljajic and Sanoja won 8-4 at No. 1 doubles with the match already decided.

Barton hosts in-state rival University of Mount Olive on Tuesday, March 22 in a match scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

CONVERSE 5, BARTON 4

Singles:
1. Smiljana Kljajic (BARTON) def. Alex Schlesener (CONVERSE) 6-1, 6-1
2. Vanessa Sanoja (BARTON) def. Kaitlin Knight (CONVERSE) 6-3, 6-2
3. Dana Kelly (BARTON) def. Margaret Pridmore (CONVERSE) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
4. Samantha Sheffield (CONVERSE) def. Whitney Hamilton (BARTON) 1-6, 7-5, 6-1
5. Taylor L.-Barr (CONVERSE) def. Casey Utley (BARTON) 6-0, 6-0
6. Klaire Rouse (CONVERSE) def. Rebecca Lamm (BARTON) 6-0, 6-3

Doubles:
1. Smiljana Kljajic/Vanessa Sanoja (BARTON) def. Margaret Pridmore/Kaitlin Knight (CONVERSE) 8-4
2. Alex Schlesener/Samantha Sheffield (CONVERSE) def. Whitney Hamilton/Casey Utley (BARTON) 8-2
3. Klaire Rouse/Taylor L.-Barr (CONVERSE) def. Dana Kelly/Rebecca Lamm (BARTON) 8-1

Records:
Converse 5-8, 1-4
Barton 2-13, 0-5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,1,6,2,3,4)