Top doubles teams thrive vs. Mich. State and Montana

Xavier women’s tennis split its pair of matches last weekend on the campus of Michigan State University (MSU).

The Musketeers dropped the first contest of the weekend against MSU, but recovered for a victory against Montana.

Throughout the two matches, the Musketeers saw impressive wins by its top two doubles pairings.

Against the Spartans on Saturday morning, Xavier dropped their first doubles match in the No. 3 doubles spot losing 6-4, but picked up its only points of the match with wins in the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles spots.

The No. 1 team of junior Ahmeir Kyle and sophomore Emily Thomas won 6-4 while freshman Anna Roggenburk and senior Rachael Reichenbach won by an identical 6-4 total in No. 2 doubles.

The Spartans outlasted the Musketeers in singles, taking four points in the No. 2, 3 and 4 spots along with the No. 6 singles spot.

Both No. 1 and No. 5 slots ended in no result.

Xavier performed much better on Sunday afternoon in a neutral site game at Michigan State against Montana. The top two doubles teams comprised of Kyle-Thomas and Roggenburk-Reichenbach once again picked up match victories to secure the doubles point for the Musketeers.

Sophomore Anna Letto and junior Kaitlin Ruether also saw success, leading 5-2 in No. 3 spot before the doubles point was decided prior to her match finishing.

In singles, Ruether started off with a 6-1, 6-2 win in the No. 5 singles spot before sophomore Natalie Moyer won 7-6, 6-1 at No. 6 spot to give the Musketeers their third point of the day.

Xavier also got a 6-4, 6-2 win from Kyle in No. 1 singles and a 6-3, 6-4 win from Reichenbach in No. 4 singles.

Xavier’s sixth and final point came via Thomas, who won 6-1, 6-2 in No. 3 singles. Montana’s only point came in No. 2 singles where Olivia Oosterbaan picked up a three-set win.

Xavier returns to East Lansing this weekend for another neutral site match, this time against Gonzaga.

At 3-4, the Musketeers look to get back to .500 with a win against the Bulldogs.