By: Robert Jamieson ~Staff Writer~
The Xavier men’s tennis team earned a No. 4 seed in the Big East Tennis Championships held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. The women’s team earned a No. 3 seed for the tournament. The tournament will be at the same site as the US Open.
With eight teams competing on the men’s side, action in the bracket begins with Friday’s quarterfinals, when the Musketeers square off against the No. 5 seed, Butler (10-9), at 3 p.m. The Musketeers handled the Bulldogs earlier in the season with a score of 6-1. As a team, the Musketeers concluded their regular spring season with an overall record of 13-10.
Seniors Jimmy Roebker and Mesa Mei continued to dominate at the top of the doubles lineup, recording an overall record of 11-4 together. Tennis standouts Jimmy Roebker, Mesa Mei, Zach Mueck, Adam Krull and Jeremy Schneider each earned double digit winning records this spring season, combining for an overall record of 68-43.
Winners of the quarterfinals will advance to Saturday’s semifinal round. For those teams that do not obtain victories, there will then be consolation matches.
The women’s tennis team will face the No. 6 seed Seton Hall at 11 a.m. on April 24. The Pirates posted an overall 11-9 record in the spring season and a 2-3 record against Big East opponents.
The Xavier women finished the regular season with a record of 17-5, and as a team they posted a cumulative record of 100-32.
All six women who competed in singles competition finished the regular season with double-digit victory records. Freshman Cristina Di Lorenzo topped the team in victories with 19 wins and only three losses while competing at the No. 3 singles position.
Sydney Liggins and Andrea Wolf both tallied 17 victories and five losses. The doubles pair of Di Lorenzo and Patton remained spotless in their play until facing Toledo on March 14. The pairing finished with a record of 16-3, while seniors Allyson Westling and Wolf posted a 15-4 record.
The winner of the quarterfinal match plays at 9 a.m. on Saturday against the winner of No. 2 Marquette v. No. 7 Creighton/No. 10 Butler match, while the loser of the quarterfinal match will play a consolation match at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
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