By: Lauren J. Young ~Staff Writer~
The men’s tennis team hosted rival Dayton on Saturday, coming out on top with an easy 7-0 victory. For singles play, Xavier senior Jimmy Roebker prevailed over Dayton’s Aidan Koross 6-4, 6-3. Senior Mesa Mei defeated Bernardo Sanson 6-3, 6-4, improving Mei’s overall record to 12-5 for the season. Xavier sophomore Adam Knoll also grabbed a win, defeating Dayton’s Josh Malyon in two sets 7-6(6), 7-6(2), impressively winning both set tiebreakers. This brought Knoll’s record up to 9-8.
In doubles, Knoll and freshman Jeremy Schneider teamed up and took down Andrew Hanley and Malyon 8-3. Xavier freshman Matt Bishop and sophomore Zach Mueck beat Colin Bernier and Andy Druffel of Dayton, 8-4.
“We are happy to earn another victory this evening. Heading into our last month of the season we need to expect the very best from every opponent we face,” head coach Eric Toth said.
The women’s tennis team also hosted Dayton Saturday night and finished 7-0. This was the fourth shutout of the women’s season thus far. Personal shutouts included juniors Daniella Patton and Lizzie Oosterbaan, and senior Andrea Wolf. Patton took down Katie Shepherd (6-0, 6-0), Oosterbaan beat Claire Herdina (6-0, 6-0) and Wolf defeated Lily Iffert (6-0, 6-0).
No. 1 singles players for the Muskies, freshman Sydney Liggins, held out against Dayton’s Alex Townsend, 6-2, 6-0. Sophomore Alex Brinker also grabbed an impressive win over Sammi Hornbarger of Dayton, 6-1, 6-0. Lastly, freshman Cristina DiLorenzo beat Mandy Marchant 6-0, 6-2.
For doubles, DiLorenzo and Patton teamed up and defeated Townsend 8-0. Xavier senior Allyson Westling and Wolf followed suit beating Hornbarger and Iffert 8-1.
“Our girls played well and did what we had to do to earn another win,” head coach Doug Matthews said.
This week, the women’s team will travel to the Trabert-Talbert Tennis Center at the University of Cincinnati to take on the Bearcats while the men’s team at Northern Kentucky against the Norse has been rescheduled for April 15 due to cold weather.