by Doug Page
WILSON, N.C. – The Barton men's and women's tennis teams competed in doubles competition on the opening day of the Barton Invite Friday with the women's doubles tandem of junior Daria Avram and sophomore Marissa Stevenson clinching the championship in the eight-team field.
Avram and Stevenson opened doubles competition by defeating Emma Burroughs and Julissa Quintanilla from University of Mount Olive 8-0. The pair then dispatched the tandem of Andrijana Martic and Marilyne Kamegne of Shaw University 8-2. Avram and Stevenson kept the momentum rolling into the championship round, defeating Daniela Vanko and Carmen Mantecon of Shaw 8-2 to claim the title for the Lady Bulldogs.
Junior Vanessa Sanoja and freshman Claudia Capellades looked for a potential championship matchup against Avram and Stevenson, but were defeated in the semifinals by Vanko and Mantecon 8-5. The tandem won their opening match against Sonja Gaertner and Areej Fareh from Mount Olive 8-5. Sanoja and Capellades secured a third-place finish in the competition, despite dropping an 8-4 decision against Martic and Kamegne.
Junior Rebecca Lamm and fellow junior Whitney Hamilton lost their opening match against Vanko and Mantecon 8-0. The two would head to the consolation portion of the bracket, falling 8-3 against Gaertner and Fareh.
In men's doubles competition, the tandem of junior Jesus Gil and sophomore Julian Bosch made a run to the finals after defeating Armando Ferreira and Jack Middleton from Mount Olive 8-4. Gil and Bosch started their day by dispatching Oscar Del-Granado and Ngoni Makambwa from Shaw 8-4. The duo would meet with Martin Moser and Jose Cortijos of Mount Olive for the championship, with Moser and Cortijos defeating the Barton tandem 8-5.
Sophomore Rory Gaydon and freshman Oscar Marmestedt made a run in the consolation portion of the competition after losing their opening match against Moser and Cortijos 8-4. The consolation semifinals saw Gaydon and Marmestedt beat Daniel Ac and Destiny Udofe of Shaw 8-3. Del-Granado and Makambwa spoiled the consolation championship hopes for the BC duo by recording an 8-3 victory.
Freshman Hugh Ryder and sophomore Ermanno Galimberti opened their day by participating in a thriller against Alex Meseguer and Flavio Carretero from Mount Olive. Despite a late rally in the set, Ryder and Galimberti would drop an 8-7 decision to Meseguer and Flavio. In the consolation semifinals, the tandem would be defeated by Del-Granado and Makambwa 8-3.
The Bulldogs will host the second day of the Barton Invite on Saturday. Singles play is slated to start at 9 AM at the Barton Tennis Complex.