Top Four Singles Players Lift Xavier To Win Over Duquesne
April 26, 2013
MASON, Ohio - Fourth-seeded Xavier disposed of No. 5 Duquesne, 4-1, on Friday at the Lindner Family Tennis Center to advance to the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Men's Tennis Championship where it will face VCU.
The Musketeers, now 20-4 on the season, won four singles matches after dropping the doubles point to move on to Saturday's match against the Rams that will begin at 10 a.m.
"I think Duquesne deserves a lot of credit for how well they competed and played today," head coach Eric Toth said. "It was a great doubles point where both teams played very well, but Duquesne was a little better which put a great deal of pressure on our guys."
"I have to give our kids credit. They did a great job in seizing control of the match about midway through singles and closed the match out before it could really get interesting. We are confident, playing well, and really look forward to tomorrow's challenge versus VCU."
The Musketeers were unable to win the doubles point putting them in an early hole and forcing the singles competitors to win four out of six matches.
Philip Diaz and Patrick Bandy pulled out the only doubles match victory for Xavier by winning 8-5 at the No. 2 position. Other matches were close but Xavier wasn't able to grab a lead as Duquesne won at the one and three.
Brandon MacDonald got the Musketeers on the board, winning easily in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2. Thirty minutes later, Mesa Mei finished off an impressive 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 2 singles. Shortly after Mei finished, Jimmy Roebker wrapped up a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 1 singles, leaving the Musketeers only one win away from a berth in the semifinals.
Zach Mueck clinched the match for Xavier with a 7-5, 7-5 win. The freshman, playing at the No. 3 singles position, came from behind in both sets to win for the fifth-straight time.
The remaining singles matches, being played by Bandy and Adam Krull, did not finish.
Xavier did not compete against VCU during the regular season. The Rams, ranked 30th in the nation, beat Butler in their first match of the tournament.