Powerful Plays Push Xavier Past Butler, 4-2

Senior Jimmy Roeber earned Xavier's first point of the match.

Senior Jimmy Roeber earned Xavier's first point of the match.

April 26, 2014

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FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. - No. 4 Xavier men's tennis team powered past No. 5 Butler, 4-2, in a match under the lights during the first round of play of the BIG EAST Men's Tennis Championship presented by New York Life Friday night.

In a highly competitive doubles series, Butler came out with the point. Butler's Pulok Bhattacharya and Brandon Woods quickly took the match from Adam Krull and Jeremy Schneider, 8-2 . Matt Bishop and Zach Mueck powered with high intensity past Tommy Marx and Alex Woldmoe to win their match, 8-6.

The doubles point came down to a hotly contested match between Mesa Mei and Jimmy Roebker and Sam O'Neill and Billy Weldon. Xavier was down 3-0 and quickly made a game of it at 4-3 eventually sending the game into a tie break. Butler squeezed passed Xavier to grab the first point of the match.

Senior Jimmy Roebker showed off his skill and experience at No. 1 singles by grabbing Xavier's first point of the match over Bhattacharya, 6-0, 6-2.

After dropping his first set, Mueck composed himself to take the match from O'Neil, 4-6, 6-0, 6-2, and give Xavier its first lead of the match, 2-1.

Butler quickly responded with a victory from Marx over Bishop in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2.

Sophomore Adam Krull helped Xavier take the lead again with his victory over Woods, 7-6 (7), 6-3.

Mei secured the last point and the match for Xavier. He came out ready to play in the first set by winning it 6-2. Woldmoe responded, but Mei adjusted well and won his No. 2 match and the match for Xavier.

With the victory, Xavier will play St. John's Saturday's at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. First serve is set for 12 p.m. For updates on Saturday's match follow @XavierGameDay and @XUTennis on Twitter.

Singles
1. Roebker (XU) def. Bhattacharya (BU), 6-0, 6-2
2. Mei (XU) def. Austin Woldmoe (BU), 6-2, 7-5
3. Mueck (XU) def. O'Neill (BU), 4-6, 6-0, 6-2
4. Krull (XU) def. Woods (BU), 7-6 (7), 6-3
5. Marx (BU) def. Bishop (XU), 6-4, 6-2
6. Schneider (XU) tied with Weldon (BU), 5-7, 6-4, 2-2

Doubles
1. Weldon/O'Neill (BU) def. Mei/Roebker (XU), 8-7 (2)
2. Bhattacharya/Woods (BU) def .Krull/Schneider (XU), 8-2
3. Bishop/Mueck (XU) def. Marx/Woldmoe (BU), 8-6

Xavier 4, Butler 2

Match Notes
Xavier: 14-10, BIG EAST 3-2
Butler: 10-10, BIG EAST 1-4
Order of Finish: Singles (1, 3, 5, 4, 2) Doubles (2, 3, 1)