Men's Tennis Prepares for Conference Play with 5-2 Win over Butler

Senior Doug Matthews clinched the team victory for the Musketeers with a win in his top flight singles match.

Senior Doug Matthews clinched the team victory for the Musketeers with a win in his top flight singles match.

Feb. 17, 2009


CINCINNATI - The Xavier University men’s tennis team heads into Atlantic 10 play on a high note after defeating Butler, 5-2, on Tuesday. The Musketeers have won four of their last five dual meets as they prepare to take on Saint Louis in their conference opener. Senior Doug Matthews clinched the victory for XU, winning in the top flight singles match.

The Musketeers set the stage for a convincing victory with a sweep of the doubles point. Sophomores Bobby Deye and Brian Starr teamed up to win the Flight 3 doubles match, 8-3, over Butler Zach Ervin and Lenz Theodor to jumpstart XU.

Senior Ra'ees Ismail and junior J.T. Torbeck clinched the doubles point for Xavier, which improved to 5-4 in dual meet action this spring, with an 8-6 win over Chris Herron and Ben Raynauld in the Flight 2 matchup.

Matthews teamed up with junior Chris Herrlinger to complete the sweep, besting Stephen McLoughlin and Bryce Warren in the top flight of doubles action by the score of 8-6.

“I am really happy with today’s performance,” XU head coach Eric Toth said. “Butler is always a team that contends for an NCAA berth. They play great doubles, and to get a sweep set the tone for the match and showed how ready to play we were.”

The success continued in singles action with the Musketeers claiming victories in the top three flights to take a 4-0 lead and secure the team victory.

Freshman Richard Canelas gave the Musketeers a 2-0 lead with a straight set (6-4, 6-2) win over Herron in the Flight 3 singles matchup. Herrlinger put XU one point away from taking the team victory with his 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 besting of Warren in their Flight 2 showdown.



Matthews put the final stamp on the team’s victory by taking down Raynauld in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, in the Flight 1 singles match.

Torbeck improved to 3-1 in the dual meet season and padded the Musketeers’ team win with a come-from-behind victory over Theodor in the Flight 6 singles match. After dropping the first set in a tiebreaker, Torbeck won the second set 6-4 to force a super tiebreaker set to decide the match. He came out on top, 10-4, in the decisive set.

”The top of our lineup really did a great job today and got us to four points pretty quickly,” Toth said. “We’re really excited to get into conference play. The match at Saint Louis is going to big one. They are as improved a team as there is in the A-10 and our guys are really excited about the challenge.”

XU will travel to Saint Louis to take on the Billikens at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20 in the conference opener.