Mesa Mei picked up a three-set win at the No. 2 singles spot.
March 23, 2013
O'FALLON, Ill. - After an unfavorable result to begin the contest the Xavier men's tennis team bounced back to win all singles matches and earned a 6-1 victory over Saint Louis on Friday evening at the St. Clair Tennis Club.
The Musketeers have yet to drop an Atlantic 10 match this spring and improved to 6-0 against league foes and to 14-3 overall. The victory came after Xavier lost just its second doubles point of the year.
"We really responded well in singles after getting off to a little of a slow start in doubles," head coach Eric Toth said. "We'll enjoy this one for a bit and get back to work next week to get ready for Louisville on Thursday."
Xavier's only challenge in singles play came at the No. 2 position where Mesa Mei played to a third-set against Patrick Kella. The five other singles matches went in straight sets including a sixth-straight victory for Brandon MacDonald, the Musketeers' all-time singles leader.
The doubles point loss was the first since XU lost to No. 4 Ohio State on Jan. 16 to start the season.
The Musketeers and Cardinals (9-9) are set to square off beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center in Louisville.
Xavier 6, Saint Louis 1
1. Jimmy Roebker (XU) def. Bobby Kidera (SLU) 6-4, 6-1
2. Mesa Mei (XU) def. Patrick Kella (SLU) 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (10-6)
3. Zach Mueck (XU) def. Joe Flanagan (SLU) 6-0, 6-2
4. Brandon MacDonald (XU) def. Drew Feder (SLU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Adam Krull (XU) def. Luis Miguel Flores (SLU) 6-2, 6-1
6. Patrick Bandy (XU) def. Vuk Poledica (SLU) 6-3, 6-3
Doubles competition 1. Luis Miguel Flores/Patrick Kella (SLU) def. Jimmy Roebker/Mesa Mei (XU) 8-5 2. Patrick Bandy/Philip Diaz (XU) def. Nishaad Balachandran/Joe Flanagan (SLU) 8-4 3. Bobby Kidera/Drew Feder (SLU) def. Michael Moe/Zach Mueck (XU) 8-5
Match Notes: Xavier 14-3, 6-0 A-10 Saint Louis 4-8, 0-2 A-10