Sophomore Jimmy Roebker celebrates his victory at No. 1 singles.
April 15, 2012
MASON, Ohio -Xavier's season came to a close on Sunday afternoon after it fell to George Washington, 4-3, in the championship match of the 2012 Atlantic 10 Men's Tennis Championship held at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.
The final point came down to No. 2 singles play where Mesa Meibattled through an injury but eventually lost the third set, 6-1. Mei won the first set and lost the second set on a tie breaker.
Sophomore Jimmy Roebkerwon his singles play in straight sets, which included a come-from-behind rally in the tiebreaker to captures the second set and the match.
Xavier also received a win from junior Brandon MacDonaldwho won at No. 4 four in straight sets.
George Washington received singles points from the No. 3, 5, and 7 spots in addition to the win at No. 2 singles play.
"I am nothing but proud of our guys for the way the competed today and the whole season for that matter," said XU head coach Erich Toth. "The atmosphere was set for a special finish to this year's tournament, but Mesa just physically could not be at his best. That happens sometimes in college tennis and Mesa did the best he could to finish. I give Ugar (Atalay) credit for the way he executed to finish the match, but more importantly how he conducted himself in a tricky situation. He has been a class act in his four years at GW and today was no exception. I also congratulate Coach Munoz and the rest if his squad on another championship, but mostly for the class he and his guys showed in winning the match, ideally not the way they would want to clinch a championship. They were classy. Kudos to them.
"We wish them nothing but the best in the NCAA's. I really feel awful for my guys, especially seniors Marc Pretorius and Richard Canelas. We Worked so hard to get in position to win a championship. We played exceptional today and it was there for the taking. GW's great play and some unusual circumstances prevented us from getting what we wanted. Everybody in our program just needs to accept the outcome and really be proud of the team we have been all year. I believe our guys are a resilient bunch and am confident it will fuel the fire for another title run next season."
The Musketeers started off the match winning doubles with seniors Marc Pretorius and Richard Canelas winning 8-5 at the No. 2 doubles spot. Junior Phil Diaz and freshman Michael Moe combined to win at No. 3 doubles, 8-5.
GEORGE WASHINGTON 4, XAVIER 3
Singles Jimmy Roebker (XU) def. Francisco Dias (GW) 6-4, 7-6 (6)
Ugur Atalay (GW) def. Mesa Mei (XU) - 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-1
Alex van Gils (GW) def. Richard Canelas (XU) GW -6-3, 6-3
Brandon MacDonald (XU) def. Leo Lapentti (GW) 6-2, 6-3
Viktor Svensson (GW) def. Michael Moe (XU) 7-6, (7) 6-1
Richard Blumenfeld (GW) def. Marc Pretorius(XU) 6-2, 6-3
Doubles Mei/Roebker (XU) vs. Dias/Atalay (GW) 8-7 unfinished
Canelas/Pretorius (XU)def. Van Gils/Thomsen (GW) 8-5
Phil Diaz/Moe (XU) def. Lapentti/Svensson (GW) 8-5
Match Notes Order of finish: Doubles (3, 2); Singles (6, 5, 3, 4, 1, 2) George Washington won its second straight A-10 Championship and its third title overall.