Musketeers Fall To Vikings 5-2 Friday

Freshman Mesa Mei earned a three-set singles victory against CSU.

Freshman Mesa Mei earned a three-set singles victory against CSU.

Feb. 11, 2011

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CINCINNATI -- The Xavier men's tennis team's home opener ended in a 5-2 loss at the hands of Cleveland State Friday night at Eastern Hills Indoor Tennis Center. With the loss, the Musketeers fell to 1-5 on the season while the Vikings improved to 5-2.

"Tonight's match was one in which we competed and played very well, but unfortunately, Cleveland State was a little better tonight," said XU head coach Erich Toth. "Just a few points kept us from winning tonight. We need to get over tonight's loss quickly and get ready to play against a solid Austin Peay team tomorrow night."

Despite the loss, the Musketeers did see some bright spots in performances by senior Brian Starr and freshman Mesa Mei. Starr posted a 6-4, 6-3 win over Matt Ford at No. 6 singles and Mei earned a hard-fought 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 win over Kris Klepatz at No. 4 singles.

In doubles play the duo of freshman Jimmy Roebker and sophomore Brandon MacDonald posted XU's lone doubles win in the No. 3 match.

The Musketeers face Austin Peay tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at Eastern Hills.