Men's Tennis Advances to A-10 Semifinals for Third Straight Year
April 24, 2009
MONROEVILLE, Pa. - For the third straight season, the Xavier men's tennis team advanced to the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship, defeating Duquesne 4-0 on Friday. Sophomore Bobby Deye and Brian Starr tallied the deciding doubles win, and Deye pulled out his singles match for the clinching victory.
"Just a good effort today against Duquesne," XU head coach Eric Toth said. "We hadn't played in a couple weeks and I thought it was a good match to get some kinks out and play our way into this year's A-10 tournament.
"We're excited to be in the semifinals for the third straight year. We'll certainly be ready to play our way into the championship match on Sunday."
The Musketeers took an early 1-0 lead by winning both doubles matches that reached conclusion. Senior Ra'ees Ismail and junior J.T. Torbeck got XU off on the right foot, winning their Flight 2 match, 8-6, over Jeremy McClelland and Gustavo Villares.
Deye teamed up with fellow sophomore Brian Starr to clinch the doubles point for the Musketeers, defeating Duquesne's Rafael Santiago and Jimmy Vogelgesang, 8-6, in the Flight 3 match.
XU continued its success in singles competition, winning the first three matches to clinch a berth in the semifinals. Torbeck was the first to finish, besting Santiago in straight sets, 6-0, 6-4, in their Flight 6 showdown.
Ismail moved the Musketeers one point away from clinching the match, defeating the Dukes' Mark Maciuch in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3, in the Flight 3 match. Deye then recorded the deciding victory, putting together a comeback in his Flight 5 match to beat Voglegsang, 7-5, 6-2.
The other three singles matches were stopped as the outcome had already been decided with XU reaching the necessary four points. In his Flight 1 match, senior Doug Matthews was up one set and led the second set, 5-3. Junior Chris Herrlinger was even at one set each in his Flight 2 match and freshman Richard Canelas was up one set and had a 4-2 lead in the second set tiebreaker.
The Musketeers will square off with Saint Louis, which defeated Temple in the quarterfinals, in the semifinals of the conference tournament. The action is slated to begin at 2 p.m.