SUMTER S.C. - The Belmont Abbey men's tennis team completed its season today with a 5-0 loss to Barton in the Conference Carolinas Championship. The Crusaders finish the year 21-13 as the conference runners-up. Barton is 14-8.
Blythe won his first set at singles, as did George Barfoot, but they did not get to finish their matches, as the Bulldogs had clinched the contest.
1. Julian Bosch (BC) def. Juan Baez (BAC) 6-0, 6-3
2. Jake McCartney (BC) def. Grant Goldin (BAC) 6-4, 6-0
3. Yaxi Pintado (BC) led James Delaney (BAC) 6-3, 0-1 unfinished
4. George Barfoot (BAC) led Rory Gaydon (BC) 6-1, 2-1 unfinished
5. Zachary Blythe (BAC) led Ermanno Galimbeti (BC) 6-3, 1-2 unfinished
6. Jesus Gil (BC) led Carlos Nolasco (BAC) 6-4, 4-3 unfinished
1. Jesus Gil/Julian Bosch (BC) def. George Barfoot/James Delaney (BAC) 8-1
2. Ermanno Galimbeti/Yaxi Pintado (BC) def. Zachary Blythe/Grant Goldin (BAC) 8-6
3. Rory Gaydon/Jake McCartney (BC) def. Tomas Pardo/Michal Rapsik (BAC) 8-4
Head Coach Michael Salomon offered the following comments on the match: "First and foremost, congratulations to Barton on an unbelievable conference tournament. They played an exceptionally strong set of doubles matches and beat us soundly after that as well.
"We did a really good job of playing hard and competing intensely, so at the end of the match both myself and the guys on the team felt like we left it all out there on the courts. It's definitely hard to swallow a loss in the conference finals, but we really did get outplayed by Barton from start to finish, and we definitely recognized that they were the better performing team today. We did our best to put them under pressure especially in doubles, and they had some great shot making, even when we were in offensive position. That combined with some great on-court movement on their part was key to an early lead and then pushing through to victory using that momentum."
"I'm really proud of our guys as they had dozens of program firsts. Some of the highlights were our first 20-win season, our first conference regular season championship, our first conference finals appearance, three All-Conference performers, four Academic All-Conference awards, two players named to the All-Conference tournament team, and an overall 35-1 record in singles in conference from our freshman class."
"We have a lot to learn from this year and a lot to work on to keep getting better. Most importantly, if we can remember that our ultimate goal is to play to the best of our ability and leave it all out there on the court, rather than just focusing on the outcome of each match, we will have some opportunities to keep making a real impact in the future."