Cleveland State Comes From Behind to Defeat Men's Tennis, 4-3

Senior Mike Dieciuc won his Flight 6 singles matches in straight sets on Saturday.
Senior Mike Dieciuc won his Flight 6 singles matches in straight sets on Saturday.

March 28, 2009


CINCINNATI, Ohio - The Xavier University men's tennis team lost in the top four flights of singles action as Cleveland State came from behind to defeat the Musketeers, 4-3. XU won two of three doubles matches to earn the doubles point, while senior Mike Dieciuc and sophomore Bobby Deye both won their singles matches.

The Musketeers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead by winning two of the three doubles matches. Senior Doug Matthews and junior Chris Herrlinger started off the day with an 8-5 victory over CSU's Phil Orno and Ryan Hamning in the top flight of doubles action.

Senior Ra'ees Ismail and junior J.T. Torbeck then teamed up to clinch the doubles point for XU, besting Yannick Goosens and Rob West of the Vikings, 8-5, in their Flight 2 match.

CSU erased the early deficit and played its way to victory with wins in the top four flights of singles competition, clinching the dual meet 4-1 with a three-set victory in the Flight 4 singles match.

Although the outcome of the match had already been settled, Deye and Dieciuc closed out the meet with a pair of wins in the final two flights. After losing the first set in a tiebreaker, 7-5, Deye fought to keep his Flight 5 match alive with a 7-3 victory in the second set tiebreaker. In the decisive super tiebreaker, Deye bested CSU's Rob Fox 10-7 to earn the win.

Dieciuc cruised to a 6-1 victory in the first set of his Flight 6 match against the Vikings' Steve Wipprecht to take the early lead. Although Wipprecht offered more resistance in the second set, Dieciuc held on for a 7-5 victory to win the match.

"Overall, I feel we played good today," XU assistant coach Rutger Vliegenberg said. "Our opponents played very well, but I feel that if we had made adjustments in a few of our matchs today, we might have had a different result.



"All we can do now is take the positives out of this and try to apply it to the rest of our matches. Conference meets are coming up, so hopefully we can take what we learned today and apply it to those."

The Musketeers will travel to Dayton for Atlantic 10 Conference action on Tuesday, March 31, squaring off with the Dayton Flyers at 3:00 p.m.