Musketeers beat Northern Kentucky 5-2 before a loss at Virginia Tech
By Grace Carlo, staff writer
Xavier women’s tennis advanced to 3-0 after a 5-2 home win against Northern Kentucky University (NKU) at home on Friday, Feb. 12.
Xavier took the doubles point with wins in all three matches. For the No. 1 spot, Ahmeir Kyle and Emily Thomas took the 6-0 win.
At No 2., Anna Roggenburk and Kat Lyman took the 6-4 win and in the No. 3 spot Kaitlin Ruether and Imani Graham took the 6-2 win.
Roggenburk gained the second point by winning the No. 1 spot in the singles 6-0. Roggenburk advances to 3-0 in singles for the season.
Imani Graham made it 3-0 in favor of the Musketeers with a 6-1, 6-1 singles win in the No. 3 spot moving to 3-0 in singles for the season.
Lyman put the Musketeers up 4-0 with a 6-1, 6-4 win in the No. 2 spot, also moving to a 3-0 season in singles.
Ruther claimed the last point for Xavier in the No. 4 spot, winning 6-0, 6-3 in her singles contest.
NKU took the last two points in singles, as Laura Sola Grau defeated Lucy Octave in a three-set tiebreak and Ananya Kothakota beat Natalie Moyer in a two-set tiebreak.
The win over NKU kept the Musketeers undefeated, but they suffered their first loss two days later when they traveled to Blacksburg, Va. to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies.
Xavier fell to Virginia Tech 1-0 after Nina Sorkin and Nika Kozar won the doubles point, winning the No. 1 spot over Kyle and Thomas 6-2, and Katie Andreini and Erika Cheng took a win in the No. 2 spot over Roggenburk and Lyman 6-1.
Kaitlin Ruether and Imani Graham were training 5-3 when the point was decided in Virginia Tech’s favor.
Virginia Tech took the lead in the first singles match, taking the No. 2 spot against Roggenburk, 6-3, 6-4. Xavier fought back with a win by Kyle 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 to get Xavier on the board at 2-1.
Xavier fell 3-1 with a 6-3, 7-5 win in the No. 6 spot over Octave.
Xavier then took home a win in the No. 3 spot by Lyman in a close win in the third set making it 3-2.
Virginia Tech gained the final two points with the win in the No. 5 spot, as Ruether dropped her match and then the final point in the No. 4 spot.
With the loss, the Musketeers dropped to 3-1 on the season.
Women’s tennis’ next match is tomorrow against Miami (OH) at home, and they follow that up with a Saturday home match against Bowling Green.
Women’s tennis opens up Big East play on March 6 when the Musketeers will take on DePaul in an indoor/outdoor home match.