Xavier tennis continues to excel
Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 15:02
The Xavier men’s and women’s tennis teams left the cold and snow of Cincinnati this past weekend and returned home with three victories in as many matches.
The men’s team defeated Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) 7-0 on Friday before having their Saturday match postponed due to inclement weather. The women’s team bested the University of Dayton 7-0 on Sunday and defeated Miami (OH) University 4-3 on Monday. The three victories push both the men’s and women’s records to 4-1 on the spring season.
In defeating the EKU Colonels this weekend, the men’s team increased their winning streak to four matches. The Musketeers secured the doubles point early in the day and then proceeded to win all six of the singles matches.
Five of those single match victories came via straight sets, with junior Mesa Mei continuing his unbeaten streak in the spring season to five matches.
Fellow junior Jimmy Roebker secured his fourth win in the No. 1 singles match while Zach Mueck, who was the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week last week, notched a victory in the No. 3 singles match. The Musketeers were set to return to action on Saturday against Morehead State University, but the match was postponed to a later date.
Head coach Eric Toth saw room for improvement in the Musketeer victory, though he noted that better execution will come with more chances. “I felt we competed pretty well, especially when sets got close on several courts,” Toth said.
The women’s team opened up Atlantic 10 conference play with their victory over the Flyers. In a fashion similar to the men’s basketball team, this victory marked the 12th consecutive win for the Musketeers over the Flyers in women’s tennis. Xavier only surrendered six sets en route to a sweep of the doubles matches. In the singles matches, the women’s team secured six consecutive straight-set victories. Senior Katie Pleiman was tested in the No. 1 singles match but came out victorious.
The Musketeers returned to the court on Monday with a defeat of the RedHawks in Hamilton, Ohio.
Xavier secured the doubles point to begin the day, which proved to be decisive in the match. Pleiman, freshman Alex Brinker, and junior Andrea Wolf notched the three singles victories for the Musketeers in the No.1, No. 2 and No. 5 matches respectively. The trio of Xavier players each improved their winning streaks to three matches.
“This was an outstanding win for our girls,” Toth said. “This win will give this group confidence as we encounter more of these types of matches.”
The men’s team hosts Western Kentucky University and Northern Kentucky University this Saturday at the Western Hills Tennis Club. The women’s team welcomes Morehead State on Friday night before crossing the state line to face off with Indiana University on Sunday.