Xavier Knocks Off Dayton, Advances In A-10 Tournament

Mesa Mei won at singles and doubles for Xavier on Thursday against Dayton.

Mesa Mei won at singles and doubles for Xavier on Thursday against Dayton.

April 25, 2013

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MASON, Ohio - No. 4 Xavier needed just under two hours to defeat No. 13 Dayton on Thursday and advanced to the next round of the Atlantic 10 Men's Tennis Championship where it will face Duquesne.

The Musketeers (19-4) picked up the doubles point and won three singles matches to beat the Flyers (2-18) in a 4-0 decision at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Xavier begins its quarterfinals match against No. 5 Duquesne at 10 a.m. on Friday.

"We're all very pleased with today's win," head coach Eric Toth said. "With the success we have had in this event over the years we all know how important it is to win quickly early on and play well in doing so.

"We know Duquesne will compete well and play us tough tomorrow. I'm confident our guys will be ready to go and will compete and perform at a high level."

Xavier started off its morning winning at the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles positions and later received wins from Jimmy Roebker, Mesa Mei and Michael Moe.

Roebker and Mei combined to defeat Aiden Koross and Robert Salcedo, 8-2, at the top doubles position. Moments later the freshman tandem of Adam Krull and Zach Mueck put away Colin Bernier and Andrew Hanley at the three spot (8-1) to capture the opening point.

The two teams moved into the singles matches where Moe breezed to a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Kyle MacDonald at the No. 6 position putting the Musketeers up 2-0.

Mei, playing at the No. 2 spot, dispatched of Hanley leaving Xavier one singles point shy of moving on. Roebker secured the win minutes later with a victory over Koross at the No. 1 position.

The other remaining singles matches went unfinished with the Musketeers holding down sizeable leads at each position.

Friday's meeting between the Musketeers and Dukes will be the second this spring. Xavier defeated Duquesne, 7-0, on Feb. 15 in the previous meeting.