Xavier Downs Detroit To Win Third-Straight Match
Jan. 27, 2013
CINCINNATI - Junior Mesa Mei remained unbeaten in singles play and the Xavier men's tennis team honored Andy Caress on Saturday with a clean 7-0 sweep of Detroit at the Eastern Hills Indoor Tennis Club.
Only one player was forced to additional sets for the Musketeers (3-1) who opened the match with a sweep of the doubles point on their way to the third-straight win. The Titans dropped to 0-5 on the season.
"I felt everybody was pretty sharp tonight. Detroit always competes well and tonight was no exception," head coach Eric Toth said. "They were a little undermanned and we were able to take advantage of that. We've done a really good job of seizing control of matches early in the singles and it is something that really helps in these dual matches and something I hope continues."
Throughout the match Xavier wore t-shirts honoring Andy Caress, a Cincinnati native and former collegiate tennis player, who lost his battle with melanoma in August 2010. The Musketeers raised awareness for the Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation (www.AndyCaress.org).
"It was also nice that we were able to honor Andy Caress and his Melanoma Foundation this evening," Toth said. "The Caress family has been very impactful in the tennis community in Cincinnati for many years and it was nice to dedicate tonight's match and win in the late Andy Caress' honor."
Mei picked up his fourth victory of the year at the No. 2 singles position by downing Mike Basha in straight-sets. The junior has only lost 12 games this year which includes a win at No. 4 Ohio State to begin the year. Dating back to the fall Mei has won eight of his last nine singles matches.
Jimmy Roebker was the only Xavier player that was forced to challenge for his victory. The junior faced Alex Latosinky at the No. 1 singles and had the final two sets decided on tiebreakers. Roebker won the closely-played first set before dropping the second set. He closed out the match (6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 1-0 (10-6)) winning a shortened game in the third set.
Freshman Zach Mueck won his third-straight match with a win (6-1, 6-3 ) over Chris Cheung at No. 3 singles. Senior Brandon MacDonald continued to climb Xavier's all-time win chart with a victory (6-1, 6-0) at No. 4 singles.
Adam Krull recorded a second-consecutive win after dispatching (6-4, 6-2) Jay Joshi at No. 5 singles and sophomore Freddy Abunku beat (6-1, 6-0) Lary Brown at the six spot for his first dual victory of 2013.
The Musketeers opened the match defeating the Titans in the doubles points. The 55th nationally-ranked doubles pair of Roebker and Mei downed (8-5) Basha and Latosinky at No. 1 doubles. The duo has yet to lose in three contests this year.
Bandy and his classmate Philip Diaz also captured their third-straight doubles win as they posted an 8-2 win over Brown and Joshi at the No. 2 doubles position. Mueck paired with sophomore Michael Moe to down (8-3) Cheung and Orantes for their second victory of the year.
Up next for the Musketeers will be a weekend visit to Richmond, Ky. to take on Eastern Kentucky on Friday and Morehead State on Saturday.
Xavier 7, Detroit 0
Singles competition 1. Jimmy Roebker (XU) def. Alex Latosinky (DET) 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 1-0 (10-6) 2. Mesa Mei (XU) def. Mike Basha (DET) 6-1, 6-3 3. Zach Mueck (XU) def. Chris Cheung (DET) 6-4, 6-2 4. Brandon MacDonald (XU) def. Rafael Orantes (DET) 6-1, 6-0 5. Adam Krull (XU) def. Jay Joshi (DET) 6-4, 6-2 6. Freddy Abunku (XU) def. Lary Brown (DET) 6-1, 6-0
Doubles competition 1. #55 Jimmy Roebker/Mesa Mei (XU) def. Mike Basha/Alex Latosinky (DET) 8-5 2. Patrick Bandy/Philip Diaz (XU) def. Lary Brown/Jay Joshi (DET) 8-2 3. Michael Moe/Zach Mueck (XU) def. Chris Cheung/Rafael Orantes (DET) 8-3