A tremendous season came to an end Wednesday in Tucson, Arizona, as the No. 1 doubles team of Neus Torregrosa and Idah Longwe of the Barton Community College women's tennis team had their nine match win streak snapped 6-2, 7-5 in the semifinal round of the NJCAA Division I National Tennis Championships held at the Reffkin Tennis Center.
The run through the tournament by the duo, Longwe's quarterfinal single match, and nine opening day victories for the Lady Cougars left Barton in ninth place of the national standings as the Kansas van exited the city with one final day of competition left. The finish is the highest for Head Coach Lyle Stickney and the Barton women's squad since matching the feat of the 2008 team led by Barton Hall of Fame inductee Sydney Bwalya.
Coming off their Tuesday upset of the No. 4 ranked doubles team, Barton was faced Wednesday afternoon by the No. 2 ranked team of Kokoro Chishaki and Anita Detlava of St. Petersburg College for the right to play in the championship match. Getting down 4-0 in the first set, Torregrosa and Longwe won consecutive games before dropping the next two in falling 6-2. Settling the ship in the second set, Barton went game-for-game with the Florida duo through the first ten games before the Titans were able to break serve for a 7-5 victory.
The loss not only ended the Barton career of Longwe, but ended a nine match win streak for the Torregrosa/Longwe duo leaving the 2017 Region VI Champions the memory of a 17-7 season which included their No. 7 national ranking and the top-four finish at the national championships.
The Lady Cougars also garnered a couple of special awards during the week as Torregrosa picked up two prestigious honors. During the annual tennis banquet held on Tuesday, the freshman from Alaro, Spain, received the ITA District III "Rookie of the Year" award. Exiting the court from the semifinal loss, Torregrosa was presented after an overwhelming vote count with the prestigious NJCAA "Jovana Vasic Spirit of Competition" Award for her fair play, sportsmanship, and competitive spirit. The annual award presented in memory of St. Petersburg College standout Jovana Vasic, is nominated, evaluated, and selected by coaches and officials at the championship tournament.
Barton day four doubles results:
Team Standings after Day 4:
Team - TOTAL POINTS
1st = Tyler Junior College - 42 Points
2nd = Miami College - 41 Points
3rd = St. Petersburg College - 32 Points
4th = Broward College - 30 Points
4th = Seward County Community College - 30 Points
6th = Seminole State College Oklahoma - 26.5 Points
7th = Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College - 24 Points
8th = Mesa Community College - 23.5 Points
9th = Barton Community College - 21 Points
9th = Marion Military Institute - 21 Points
11th = Cowley County Community College - 19.5 Points
12th = Collin College - 18 Points
13th = North Central Texas College - 15 Points
14th = Snead State Community College - 14 Points
15th = Central Alabama Community College - 13 Points
15th = Mississippi Gulf Coast CC - 13 Points
17th = Eastern Arizona College - 11 Points
18th = Lewis and Clark Community College - 10 Points
19th = Meridian Community College - 9 Points
20th = Jones County Junior College - 8.5 Points
21st = New Mexico Military Institute - 7 Points
22nd = Pima Community College - 5.5 Points
23rd = Hillsborough Community College - 5 Points
24th = College of DuPage - 3 Points
24th = Waubonsee Community College - 3 Points
26th = Paradise Valley Community College - 2.5 Points
27th = Jacksonville College - 0.5 Points
28th = Moraine Valley Community College - 0 Points
Complete NJCAA Division I National Tennis Championship information found here