Jimmy Roebker cruised to a victory at No. 1 singles.
Jan. 20, 2013
CINCINNATI - The Musketeers opened up their weekend with a convincing 5-2 victory over visiting Cleveland State. Xavier swept all three doubles matches and won four of the six singles wins to earn its first victory of the 2013 season.
"CSU really started the doubles well. We were down a break on two courts early and responded in a great way," assistant coach Doug Matthews said. "In singles, our top three players started strong and we carried that momentum to the victory. We will need a similar effort and intensity on Sunday against IUPUI."
Three of Xavier's four victories came in straight sets with the victories at the one thru four singles positions. Jimmy Roebker set the tone with a No. 1 singles victory (6-3, 6-3) against Jorg Van Der Vloet, Mesa Mei earned a straight-set win (6-0, 6-0) at No. 2 doubles against Matt Kuelker, Zach Mueck turned in similar set results (6-3, 6-3) to down Joe Van Meter and Brandon MacDonald scored a No. 4 singles (5-7, 7-5, 1-0 (10-8)) over Ali Shabib.
The combinations of Bandy and Philip Diaz and Mueck and Michael Moe won their doubles matches earning Xavier the first point of the match. Bandy and Diaz defeated (8-4) Marks and Van Meter while Mueck and Moe knocked off (8-5) Van Der Vloet and Kuelker.
Roebker and Mei joined forces for the first time after becoming the highest-ranked doubles team in Xavier history. The two didn't finish their match but were leading 7-4 over Shabib and Jonsson.
Xavier faces IUPUI on the road late Sunday night to close out the week.
Cleveland State vs Xavier Jan 18, 2013 at Cincinnati, Ohio (Eastern Hills Indoor Tennis Club)
Xavier 5, Cleveland State 2
Singles competition 1. Jimmy Roebker (XU) def. VAN DER VLOET, Jorg (CSU) 6-3, 6-3 2. Mesa Mei (XU) def. KUELKER, Matt (CSU) 6-0, 6-0 3. Zach Mueck (XU) def. VANMETER, Joe (CSU) 6-3, 6-3 4. Brandon MacDonald (XU) def. SHABIB, Ali (CSU) 5-7, 7-5, 1-0 (10-8) 5. JONSSON, Niklas (CSU) def. Adam Krull (XU) 6-3, 7-5 6. MARKS, Nolan (CSU) def. Patrick Bandy (XU) 6-3, 6-4
Doubles competition 1. #55 Jimmy Roebker/Mesa Mei (XU) vs. SHABIB, Ali/JONSSON, Niklas (CSU) 7-4, unfinished 2. Patrick Bandy/Philip Diaz (XU) def. MARKS, Nolan/VANMETER, Joe (CSU) 8-4 3. Zach Mueck/Michael Moe (XU) def. VAN DER VLOET, Jorg/KUELKER, Matt (CSU) 8-5
Match Notes: Cleveland State 0-1 Xavier 1-1