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XU tennis drops two

By Kyle Isaacs
On February 7, 2012

The Xavier men's and women's tennis teams had a rough weekend in Ohio.

Both teams suffered defeats on Saturday, dropping the men's record to 1-4 on the season and the women's record to 2-2.

The men lost to Ball State University 5-2 in Fairfield, Ohio.

The women hosted Indiana University at the Western acquet

Club but fell to the Hoosiers 7-0. After picking up their first victory of the season in their previous match against Detroit, the men's team was unable to beat the Cardinals of Ball State.

The Musketeers did capture two singles victories from sophomores Jimmy Roebker and Mesa Mei.

Roebker picked up a No. 1 singles win (6-2, 3-6, 6-1) while Mei bested Ball State's No. 2 player (6-3, 6-2).

The Musketeers dropped all three doubles matches, though

Roebker and Mei came close to winning, losing 8-6 in the No. 1 doubles match.

"I'm happy for [Roebker] and [Mei] but unfortunately their wins only count for one point each," head coach Eric Toth said.

The women's team, winners of their past two matches, struggled against Indiana.

Xavier dropped each of the doubles matches against the visiting Hoosiers.

In the No. 3 and No. 6 singles matches, sophomores Andrea

Wolf and Allyson Westling each picked up one set but fell short, respectively. Westling picked up the first set

but was unable to close, dropping the last two sets.

"There was a step up in competition from the previous week but I believe that we competed much better this year than we did last year against Indiana," Toth said. "Both teams are really competing well but we certainly need to play a little better in the clutch," Toth said. "We are focused on

team victories so we have to have a short memory and keep improving in practice." Both Xavier teams return to the

courts on Friday when they travel to Cleveland to face Cleveland State University. Once they complete their

matches in Cleveland, they will head over to Youngstown, Ohio to face off against Youngstown State.

Toth expects two evenly played matches this Friday against

Cleveland State for both the men and women. "As is the case with every match, whoever executes better in crunch time will be victorious," Toth said.


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