By: Lauren J. Young ~Staff Writer~
The Xavier men’s tennis team obtained two victories last week and suffered one loss which brought it to 11-10 for the season overall. The women’s team followed suit by dropping one match and winning the next while on the road.
The men’s team hosted Wright State April 2 and finished the match 7-0 over the Raiders. Seniors Jimmy Roebker and Mesa Mei both earned victories in singles. Roebker was up 4-2 in the first set when his opponent Hayden Joblin retired from the match due to an injury.
Mei defeated his competitor, Michal Lyzwa 6-1, 6-3. Mei’s personal record improved to 13-6. Junior singles player Freddy Abunku also secured a win over WSU’s James Trevino, 6-4, 6-3. Sophomores Zack Mueck and Adam Krull grabbed wins as well at 6-1, 6-2 and 7-5, 6-0 respectively. Freshman Jeremy Schneider defeated Kirill Kultinov in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1.
In doubles play, the Muskies continued to dominate. Krull and Schneider defeated Mason Bourbon and Kultinov 8-2, Mei and Roebker took down Lyzwa and Joblin and freshman Matt Bishop and Mueck defied Aaron Madaris and Trevino 8-1.
April 4, the men’s team traveled to Washington, D.C. to visit Big East opponent Georgetown. The Muskies finished 5-2, with Mei earning his 14th win of the season over GU’s Daniel Khanin, 6-0, 6-3.
Roebker followed with a win over Shane Korber in three sets (4-6, 6-3, 10-7).
Mueck obtained his 12th win of the season by defeating Alex Tropiano in a two set tiebreaker 6-3, 7-6(3). Schneider was victorious as well with an impressive win over GU’s Jordan Portner, 6-2, 6-1.
In doubles, Mei and Roebker teamed up and defeated Casey Distaso and Khanin 8-5.
Bishop and Mueck followed suit beating Jack Murphy and Portner 8-2.
April 5, the Muskies traveled to Baltimore for a match against the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Mei started strong with a 6-2, 6-2 win over UMBC’s Melker Svard, improving his personal record to 15-6. Krull grabbed the second win for XU after defeating Daniel Gray 6-2, 6-4. Mueck grabbed the last win for Xavier, beating UMBC’s Elliot Loubatie 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-1.
The rest of the match was not as successful with Roebker, Schneider and Bishop falling short.
“We did not win enough of the big points, but some o f the credit has to go to UMBC. Our focus is to continue to get better so we can play our best tennis down the stretch and at the Big East tournament,” head coach Eric Toth said.
The men’s record is now 11-10.
The Xavier women’s tennis team traveled to Washington, D.C. April 4 to take on George Washington. The Colonials prevailed with a 4-3 win. Junior Daniella Patton defeated GW’s Isabella Escobar 6-4, 6-2. Freshman Cristina DiLorenzo grabbed a win as well, defeating Taylor Nederlander 6-2, 2-6, 6-2. Patton and DiLorenzo were also successful in doubles play, beating Grace Egger and Lana Robins, securing a 3-0 lead over GW.
Unfortunately, the Colonials won the following four singles matches, taking the win out of the Xavier Musketeer reach.
April 5, the Musketeers bounced back and took down UMBC 7-0. Freshman Sydney Liggins lead the way, winning her match over Kim Berghaus 6-4, 6-2. DiLorenzo followed suit in a tough, three set win over Mariami Dolashivili 4-6, 6-1, 6-0.
Sophomore Alex Brinker continued the trend defeating her opponent Madlena Kurasz 7-5, 7-5. Junior Lizzie Oosterbaan, senior Andrea Wolf and Patton closed out singles play with victories over Cleary (6-0, 7-6(6)), Adriana Aldunate (6-0, 6-0) and Isabel Aldunate (6-3, 7-5), respectively.
“Our girls did a really great job in some tricky conditions to respond from yesterday’s loss (against George Washington),” Toth said.
The women’s record has improved to 14-5 overall, 1-1 in the Big East.
Next, the men’s team will travel to Indianapolis to visit Butler on April 11 and the women will head to Dayton for a match against Wright State for April 9. The women’s team will also host Creighton on April 11 in another Big East match up.