Bobby Deye's singles victory clinched the A-10 title for XU.
April 18, 2010
MONROEVILLE, Pa. -- Junior Bobby Deye provided the match winning point for the third straight day as the No. 2 seed Xavier men's tennis team defeated No. 1 seed George Washington 4-3 to capture its third straight Atlantic 10 championship Sunday afternoon. Xavier is the first team to win three straight championships since Richmond captured its third straight in 2006.
"Words cannot express how happy I was to be a part of today's match. Both teams competed so well," said Xavier head coach Eric Toth. "I cannot say enough about George Washington's kids. Like a lot of our matches this year, this was yet another one that could have either way. GW has nothing to hang their heads about. They competed like champions as far as I am concerned. I cannot say enough about our kids as well. They were so focused and determined to get their third straight title today. They brought the fight and game to get it done."
Xavier took an early 1-0 lead after winning the doubles point. Deye teamed with Brian Starr at No. 2 doubles after Anthony Palmenter came up with an injury during warm ups. The duo defeated Ugar Atalay and Richard Blumenfeld 8-5. They were followed by JT Torbeck and Marc Pretorius who sealed the doubles point with an 8-6 win at No. 3.
"It was a total team effort. Anthony Palmenter, a huge part of our doubles success all year goes down to injury in the warm-up, Marc Pretorius enters without batting an eye and gets a huge win with J.T. Torbeck," said Toth. "All six guys in singles played their hearts out whether in victory or defeat. J.T. Torbeck and Brandon MacDonald stepped up huge to win in straight sets to really put the pressure on GW. Bobby Deye clinched the championship battling and competing like the champion he is. As you can see it was a total team effort as it has been all year. We are honored to represent the Atlantic 10 once again in the NCAA tournament."
In singles play the Musketeers and Colonials traded wins. XU took the No. 5 and No. 6 singles matches while George Washington earned wins in the top three spots.
Torbeck earned a 6-0, 7-5 win at No. 5 and freshman Brandon MacDonald won his tenth straight singles match with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Ken Mkrtchian at No. 6.
That left just Chris Herrlinger at No. 1 and Deye at No. 4 to seal the victory.
Herrlinger fell in a tough match to Atalay 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 leaving Deye facing Yan Levinski for the championship.
Deye took the first set 6-2, but fell to Levinski in the second set 3-6. It came down to the final set and Deye was able to rally for the final two points, winning the match on an ace that sealed the 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 victory.
With the win, the Musketeers improved to 17-7 overall on the season. Xavier now awaits word on who, when, and where they will play in the NCAA Tournament.