Junior Chris Herrlinger was pushed to three sets, but pulled out the victory in his Flight 2 match.
March 31, 2009
DAYTON, Ohio - The Xavier men's tennis team handled Atlantic 10 Conference rival Dayton on Tuesday, defeating the Flyers by a convincing margin, 6-1. A sweep of the doubles point jumpstarted the Musketeers, and they never looked by en route to a strong league victory. Junior Chris Herrlinger led the team's singles efforts, posting a comeback win in his Flight 2 match.
The pairing of senior Ra'ees Ismail and junior J.T. Torbeck, who rank number one and three on the program's all-time career doubles wins list, started the day with an 8-2 victory in their Flight 2 match against Dayton's Michael Koscielski and Matt Sherman.
In the top flight of doubles action, senior Doug Matthews teamed up with Herrlinger to clinch the doubles for XU, besting the Flyers' duo of David Peyton and Michael Rohana, 8-3, in the Flight 1 slot. Completing the sweep for the Musketeers, sophomores Bobby Deye and Brian Starr held on to defeat Bryce Warnock and Austin Wiegand, 8-6, in their Flight 3 showdown.
XU's strong play continued in singles action, as the first five solo matches to finish ended with a victorious Musketeer. Deye finished first, winning his match over Koscielski 6-2, 6-0 to earn his third straight singles victory and improve to 8-4 in the Flight 5 slot for the spring.
Freshman Richard Canelas gave the Musketeers a 3-0 advantage with a victory in his Flight 4 match, taking down Peyton in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1. The win was his 17th singles victory of the season, ranking second on the team.
Continuing a stellar senior campaign, Ismail won his team-high 19th singles match of the season with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Warnock in the Flight 3 slot. The win earned XU its fourth point in the dual meet, clinching the team victory as the Musketeers improved to 12-6 overall and 4-0 in A-10 action this spring.
Herrlinger dropped the first set of his Flight 2 match against Sherman, 6-3, but rebounded with a 6-3 victory in the second set to even the match at one set each. In the decisive third set, Herrlinger pulled out a 6-4 win to claim the match, improving to .500 in singles play for the first time this spring, winning eight of his last 10 matches.
Torbeck capped the Musketeers' run of eight straight match victories, defeating Wiegand 6-3 in the first set and holding on for a 7-5 victory in set number two to take the Flight 6 match. The win improves Torbeck's spring record to 7-3 overall and 6-2 in Flight 6 action.
"We're really excited about beating our A-10 rival today," XU head coach Eric Toth. "They really pushed us in singles today, but our guys responded well in some tight spots. This is a good start to a big week. We'll prepare hard tomorrow for our upcoming match with Northern Kentucky on Thursday."
The Musketeers will travel to Highland Heights, Ky. to take on Northern Kentucky on Thursday, with the dual meet set to begin at 3 p.m.