Brandon MacDonald was his fourth match of the season on Friday.
Feb. 2, 2013
CINCINNATI - The Xavier men's tennis team won its fourth-straight decision as it defeated Eastern Kentucky in 7-0 fashion on Friday at the Greg Adams Indoor Tennis Center in Richmond, Ky.
The Musketeers (4-1) have collected four-consecutive victories after losing their opening match of the year and will look to make it five in a row against Morehead State on Saturday.
"I felt we competed pretty well tonight, especially when sets got close on several courts," head coach Eric Toth said. "We can play and execute better, but that will come as we continue to play more matches. We'll look for more improvement tomorrow against Morehead State."
Junior Mesa Mei pushed his winning streak to five matches with a straight-set win over Alex Alvaro at the No. 2 singles position. Freshman Zach Mueck, the reigning Atlantic 10 Rookie Performer of the Week, was pushed to three sets for the first time since his opening match and walked away the victor.
The only change to a consistent lineup for Toth was the No. 6 singles position. Sophomore Freddy Abunky slotted into the position and picked up a victory over Igancio Moreno.
Junior Jimmy Roebker collected his fourth win of the season at the No. 1 singles position and senior Brandon MacDonald also won his fourth match in as many tries. Freshman Adam Krull won his third-straight as the Musketeers defeated their opponent 7-0 for the second time in as many tries.
The Musketeers opened the match capturing the doubles point in competitive fashion. The 55th-ranked combination of Roebker and Mei downing their opponent in a swift 8-3 set. Seniors Patrick Bandy and Philip Diaz scored an 8-6 decision in addition to sophomore Michael Moe and Mueck who won by the same token.
The Musketeers have a short turnaround as they will face the Morehead State Eagles at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Xavier 7, Eastern Kentucky 0 Singles competition 1. Jimmy Roebker (XU) def. Daridge Saidi (EKU) 6-3, 6-4 2. Mesa Mei (XU) def. Alex Alvaro (EKU) 6-2, 7-5 3. Zach Mueck (XU) def. Lucas Smets (EKU) 6-2, 6-7, 6-4 4. Brandon MacDonald (XU) def. Joao Maio (EKU) 6-3, 6-4 5. Adam Krull (XU) def. Aleix Alvarez (EKU) 6-1, 7-6 6. Freddy Abunku (XU) def. Igancio Moreno (EKU) 6-4, 6-0
Doubles competition 1. Jimmy Roebker/Mesa Mei (XU) def. Juanjo de le Llera/Alex Alvaro (EKU) 8-3 2. Patrick Bandy/Philip Diaz (XU) def. Daridge Saidi/Lucas Smets (EKU) 8-6 3. Michael Moe/Zach Mueck (XU) def. Jan Dombrowski/Florian Graskamp (EKU) 8-6
Match Notes: Eastern Kentucky 0-3 Xavier 4-1<