Men's Tennis Records Convincing Win Over Chattanooga
Jan. 30, 2009
RICHMOND, Ky. - Building on its strenuous early-season schedule, the Xavier University men’s tennis team put forth its most impressive effort of 2009 with a 6-1 victory over Chattanooga on Friday. Senior Doug Matthews picked up his first singles win of 2009, winning his Flight 1 match in straight sets.
The Musketeers started off the dual meet on the right foot by sweeping the doubles point. Senior Ra’ees Ismail and junior J.T. Torbeck paired up to defeat the Mocs’ Sam Parfitt and Rick van de Bovenkamp, 8-2, in the Flight 2 showdown to begin the day. Freshman Marc Pretorius and sophomore Brian Starr then clinched the doubles point for XU with an 8-4 victory in the Flight 3 matchup.
Matthews teamed up with junior Chris Herrlinger to complete the doubles sweep, besting Peter Sauska and Pavel Vostrikov in the top flight of doubles action.
The Musketeers took a 3-0 lead with wins by freshman Richard Canelas and Ismail in the Flight 3 and 4 matches, respectively. After Chattanooga kept hope alive with a win in the No. 2 singles matchup, Torbeck clinched the victory for XU with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Gordon Rudell in the Flight 6 match.
Sophomore Bobby Deye picked up his second win as a Musketeer with a 6-3, 6-2 win in the No. 5 singles match and Matthews then put the finishing touches on the XU victory with a 7-6 (5), 6-3 win over Peter Sauska in the top singles match.
"I feel our early season schedule really prepared us well for this match," XU head coach Eric Toth said. "Chattanooga has a solid team, and we just took care of business today. I am really pleased with everyone’s effort, both singles and doubles. We are going to need another good effort as we come across a very solid Eastern Kentucky team on Saturday."
XU will be in action again on Saturday, taking on Eastern Kentucky at 2 p.m. on the Colonels’ home courts in Richmond, Ky.