XU head coach and the Musketeers fell in conference action for the first time this season.
April 5, 2009
CINCINNATI, Ohio - Despite sweeping the doubles action, the Xavier men's tennis team fell to George Washington on Sunday, as the Colonials won five of six singles matches to claim a 5-2 victory. Sophomore Bobby Deye was the only Musketeer to earn a singles win, defeating his Flight 5 foe in straight sets.
"Today, George washing just played certain points a little bit better and they were just a little bit tougher than us in singles today," XU head coach Eric Toth said. "Give a lot of credit to them, because they played a great match today."
XU opened the dual meet with a 1-0 lead, winning all three paired matches to capture the doubles point. Senior Ra'ees Ismail and junior J.T. Torbeck teamed up to start the sweep with an 8-4 victory over GWU's Chris Kushma and Yan Levinkski in the Flight 2 match.
The duo of junior Chris Herrlinger and senior Doug Matthews secured the doubles point for the Musketeers with a second victory, besting Ugur Atalay and Richard Blumenfield of the Colonials in the top flight of doubles action. Completing the sweep of doubles play, Deye paired with fellow sophomore Brian Starr to defeat Erik Hannah and Aryan Vayghan in the Flight 3 match.
Deye gave XU a 2-0 lead in the match with a win in his Flight 5 singles match, but that proved to be the Musketeers' final point. After winning the first set 6-3, Deye took the second set, 6-1, from Vayghan to win the match.
"This was a pretty disappointing day," Toth said. "One of our goals was to claim the number one seed in the upcoming Atlantic 10 Tournament, and it appears that will not happen.
"But we do live to play another day and we will be in good position for another A-10 title. It's just a matter of doing a little better job at the tournament."
The Musketeers will have one final tune-up before heading to the league tournament, traveling to Pittsburgh, Pa. to square off with Duquesne. The regular season finale will be played on Saturday, March 11 at 3 p.m.
"We need to do all we can in practice to finish out the regular season strong and have a good performance next Saturday at Duquesne," Toth said.