The Barton Community College teams faced its second straight ranked opponent Sunday in Ellsworth as the 13th ranked women's squad was beat 7-2 by 8th ranked Cowley College with the men being dealt an 8-1 defeat by the 7th ranked Tiger men.
Claudia Sumaia had a racket in both of the women's victories as the nation's 45th ranked player knocked off the Tigers' 34th ranked Aletta Macheli in straight sets 6-4, 6-2, for the freshman's sixth straight victory improving to 7-4 on the year. Earlier in the day Sumaia teamed with doubles partner Gwendolen Sior in the No. 2 slot to defeat Macheli and Mariana Rodriguez in an 8-3 score.
On the men's side, the Cougars had three singles matches be decided by the tie-breaker with Barton's lone win coming in the No. 5 slot as Octavio Carrasco fought back from a 6-1 first set defeat with a 6-3 positive result second set to pull out an eventual 11-9 tie break thriller over the Tigers' Moises Goncalves.
Other tiebreak near misses came in the No. 3 and No. 4 spots with 38th ranked Sebastian Pino falling 6-7 (10), 6-2, 10-3, to 35th ranked Valter Oshiro with Mariano Cabrera losing a tight 10-8 tiebreak to 43rd ranked Killian Dagneaux after each winning 6-4 sets.
The day's results leave the Barton women at 5-3 with the men slipping to 6-2 on the year while the Tiger squads improve to 8-8 and 10-6 respectively.
Next on the schedule is the Cougars' final home match on Wednesday as Barton welcomes nationally ranked Seward County Community College for an 11:00 a.m. first serve.