Junior J.T. Torbeck helped the Musketeers sweep the doubles point on Sunday.
Feb. 8, 2009
CHICAGO, Ill. - The Xavier University men’s tennis team used a convincing sweep of the doubles competition against Wisconsin-Green Bay to springboard to a 6-1 victory on Sunday. It is the third time in the last four matches the Musketeers have held their opponents to just one point.
“Today was a really good day,” head XU coach Eric Toth said. “Strong doubles set the tone for the day, and in singles we got through a couple tough spots early on in first sets and were able to earn a convincing victory against a feisty Wisconsin-Green Bay team. They don’t give you anything. You have to beat them to get the win.”
Freshman Marc Pretorius and sophomore Brian Starr started the day on the right foot for the Musketeers, defeating Green Bay’s Paul Swanson and Brian McCarthy by the score of 8-3 in their Flight 3 doubles match.
Squaring off with Eric Plaushines and Henning Jess of the Phoenix in Flight 1 doubles action, XU senior Doug Matthews paired with junior Chris Herrlinger to secure the doubles point for XU with an 8-3 victory of their own. Senior Ra'ees Ismail and junior J.T. Torbeck completed the doubles sweep for Xavier with an 8-5 win over Matt Clegg and Matt Keesey in the Flight 2 match.
The Musketeers continued their success in the singles competition, winning five of the six matches, with the only loss coming on a super tiebreaker in the day’s final match.
Senior Mike Dieciuc earned the first singles victory for XU, claiming his Flight 6 match over Green Bay’s Mike Wesley in straight sets. Ismail followed suit for Xavier, besting Plaushines in the Flight 3 match. His victory also came in straight sets, including a 6-0 blanking in the final set.
With the Musketeers leading 3-0, freshman Richard Canelas secured the team victory for XU with a win in his Flight 4 showdown with Keesey. After winning a first set tiebreaker 7-3, Canelas cruised to a 6-3 win in the second set for the victory. Xavier is an even 4-4 in dual meets this season after defeating the Phoenix.
Matthews and sophomore Bobby Deye padded Xavier’s team triumph with wins in their Flight 1 and 5 matches, respectively. After shutting out Clegg, 6-0, in the first set, Matthews wrapped up a straight set victory with a 6-3 win in set number two. Deye was the fifth consecutive Musketeer to record a straight set win when he bested Jess by the scores of 6-4 and 6-2.
After eight straight dual meets on the road to being the 2009 season, XU has a break before playing in its home town for the first time this season.
“We get a nice week of this week to regroup and get ready for our next big non-conference match with Butler,” Toth said.
The Musketeers will square off with Butler at 1 p.m. on Feb. 17 at the Western Tennis and Fitness Center in Cincinnati.