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XU tennis nets A10 appearances

By Kyle Isaacs
On April 11, 2012

The Xavier men's and women's tennis teams closed out their respective seasons in strong fashion these past few weeks. The men's team finished Atlantic 10 play with a perfect 5-0 conference record on top of an eight match winning streak. The women's team brought their season to a close as winners of four consecutive matches and a near perfect 5-1 conference record. Both teams will head to the

A-10 Tournament in the coming weeks in their search for a conference championship title. The women's team picked up a 7-0 victory over St. Bonaventure University on March 31, which marked the second straight time the Musketeers notched a 7-0 win. Following their impressive outing over the Bonnies, the Musketeers secured a 6-1 victory over Wright State University here on April 3 in Cincinnati.

Xavier swept the doubles matches, earning the doubles

point. Juniors Katie Pleiman and Kally Alkire each claimed a No. 1 and No. 4 singles victory, respectively, while sophomore Andrea Wolf defeated Wright State's No.

2 singles player. The women's team closed their conference season with a tight 4-3 victory over Saint Louis University last Friday night. The Musketeers split the singles play with the Bilikens but were able to secure the win thanks to the doubles point earned earlier in the day.

"Tonight was a really good win for our girls. I am really proud of how everyone played. Saint Louis is a really good team," head coach Eric Toth said. "The win gives us

more confidence as we get to the end of our regular season and get into our conference tournament in a couple of weekends." The men's team finished their season with a bang, closing the year with 12 wins in their last 15 matches.

On April 1, the Musketeers edged Duquesne University 4-3.

The victory came after Xavier picked up the doubles point. They returned to action on April 4 and cruised to a 6-1 victory over rival University of Dayton. Sophomore Jimmy Roebker fought back in the No. 1 singles match to start the singles play off with a win for Xavier. The Musketeers' final win came on Senior Day with a 6-1 defeat of Saint Louis. Seniors Marc Pretorius and Richard Canelas notched a No. 2 doubles victory to finish off Senior Day. The men's team will travel to Mason on Friday to compete in the conference tournament while the women's team will have to wait until April 19 to take part in the A-10 Tournament in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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