Xavier Drops Close Match On The Road Against Cleveland State

Mesa Mei rallied to win his set on Friday against Cleveland State.

Mesa Mei rallied to win his set on Friday against Cleveland State.

Feb. 11, 2012

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CLEVELAND - The Xavier men's tennis playing in the heart of its spring season dropped a hard-fought 4-3 decision to Cleveland State on the road Friday night.

The Musketeers record stands at 1-5 overall heading into tomorrow's match against Youngstown State beginning at 5 p.m.

"A great match, a great effort, a disappointing result. Not a lot separated either team tonight. Cleveland State just won a few more points than we did," said men's tennis head Eric Toth. "We just need to keep our heads up and keep competing We'll show up and give it another go tomorrow at Youngstown State."

Sophomore Jimmy Roebker won from the No. 1 slot for the second weekend in a row in straight sets (6-3, 6-0). Sophomore Mesa Mei rallied to win his match after losing the first set 4-6. He won the second and third set by similar 6-3 scores. He improved to 4-1 on the year when playing at the No. 2 slot.

Junior Brandon MacDonald was the other Xavier player to win his draw, taking it in straight sets (6-4, 6-0).

Senior Richard Canelas, playing as the No. 3 player, lost the first set but captured the second set, 6-3. He lost the decisive set by a 6-3 score. Freshman Michael Moe lost his first set and was able to take the second set to a point tiebreak, which he lost. Junior Philip Diaz lost his first set and forced a third by winning the second set, 3-6. He lost the last set 6-3.

Xavier lost the doubles point to the Vikings, 2-1, to open the match. Canelas and senior Marc Pretorius won a spirited match 9-8 in the slot. Roebker and Mesa lost their doubles set, 8-5, while Diaz and MacDonald lost, 8-4.