Tennis teams start on different paths

By: Luke Feliciano ~Staff Writer~

The men’s and women’s tennis teams were both in action during the past week, playing in several different tournaments.

On Jan. 22, the women’s tennis team took a road trip to Purdue in the opening match of the spring season. Despite two match victories, the Musketeers fell short of a victory losing by a score of five games to two.

Senior Sydney Liggins and doubles partner sophomore Sophia Abelson won the match with two set victories of 6-3 and 6-4 while losing one game 4-6. Liggins also won her singles match two sets to one. The scores were 4-6, 6-3 and 6-4. Freshman Rachel Reichenbach also secured a singles victory two sets to none with scores of 6-2, 6-4.

On Jan. 24, the men’s tennis team traveled to Columbus to face off against the Ohio State Buckeyes.

It lost the match by a score of four games to zero.

In the first singles spot, senior Jeremy Schneider lost two close sets 6-2 and 5-3, but the match was left unfinished. The same goes for sophomore Trent Smith, who had competitive sets of 6-4 and 5-3. In the third doubles, Smith and freshman Matt Graft lost a closely contested match by a score of six games to four.

The men’s team bounced back with an impressive 7-0 victory over Wright State on Jan. 27.

In singles, Schneider won 6-2, 6-2. Redshirt senior Matt Bishop also won 6-2, 6-2. Sophomore Jack Dykema was victorious 6-3, 7-6. Smith won 6-2, 6-4, and junior Gabriel Araujo won 6-1, 6-1. In doubles, Schneider/ Dykema captured a 6-2 victory, and Bishop/Araujo won 6-3.

Both the men’s and women’s team had matches on Jan. 29, with the men traveling to the University of Dayton and the women heading west to the University of California Berkeley.

The men came out on top in their match, ultimately beating the Flyers 4-1. Dykema, Graft and Bishop all left Dayton victorious in singles play. Smith and Graft also won their doubles match.

In Berkeley, Calif., the women fell to the Golden Bears by a score of 4-0. Liggins offered the best competition of the day, defeating No. 49 Meagan Manasse in a single set before the match was abandoned.

The tournament continued on Jan. 30, as the women took on Old Dominion University from Berkeley. The Musketeers fell 4-1, with Liggins and Ableson capturing a doubles victory for Xavier’s only point.

Both the men’s and women’s teams will travel to Richmond, Ky., to take on Samford University on Feb. 11 for their next matches.