Xavier Off To A Strong Start At Purdue Invitational
Sept. 21, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The first day of the Purdue Invitational proved to be a successful one for the Xavier men's tennis team. Despite multiple rain delays, the Musketeers finished the day with a 10-3 record, including a 6-1 mark in singles.
The Musketeers had two players in the Flight A singles draw. Freshman Zach Mueck cruised through his first round opponent, Jorg Van der Vloet of Cleveland State, by a score of 6-2, 6-4. Further down in the draw, freshman Adam Krull fought his way through Matt Hagan of Iowa, 4-6, 7-6, 6-3.
The Flight B singles draw had two sophomore Musketeers and two seniors. Sophomore Freddy Abunku was the only singles casualty of the day, dropping a 6-3, 6-3 decision to Butler's Billy Weldon. Fellow classmate Michael Moe picked up a straight sets win over Miami's (Ohio) David Packowitz, 6-4, 6-3. Senior Patrick Bandy advanced via straight sets 6-2, 6-2, and counterpart Phil Diaz fought off a loss in the first set to win in three.
The lone Musketeer competing in Flight C was freshman Brian Carman, who picked up a very close 7-5, 6-4 straight-set win over Cleveland State's Jay Jones.
In doubles play, Xavier fared almost as well as it did in singles, compiling a 4-2 record on the day. Moe and Diaz picked up two wins on the day, advancing to the quarterfinals of Flight A. Their first match saw them dismantle IPFW 8-1 while their second match proved to be closer, but the same end result, as Moe and Diaz defeated Toledo's Tomas Stillman and Nicholas Wong, 8-5.
Also in Flight A doubles were Patrick Bandy and Adam Krull, who dropped their first match to DePaul's Sten Leusing and Paul John. The pair bounced back in their consolation match, however, downing Iowa's Dominic Patrick and Andres Estenssoro, 8-5.
Flight B doubles featured Xavier's Freddy Abunkuand Zack Mueck. The pair defeated Daniel Etman and Brian Hickey of Valparaiso by a score of 8-4, before falling to a duo from Western Michigan in the second round by the same score.
The Musketeers will look to continue their success and hopefully avoid the rain as play resumes on Saturday at 9 a.m. ET.