Sept. 23, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Xavier men's tennis team had an up and down performance on day two of the Purdue Invitational. Freshman Zach Mueck advanced to his flight's semifinals after picking up two wins and several teammates also picked up wins.
Mueck is a perfect 7-0 this fall after picking up two victories in the Flight A singles main draw and will face Purdue's Diego Acosta for a chance to reach his first final. Mueck won two straight-set victories over Dan Mamalat of Marquette (7-5, 6-4) and IUPUI's Jason Jaruvang (6-3, 6-4).
Freshman Adam Krull lost his match in the Flight A singles main draw to Acosta in three sets. Krull battled back to win the second set but eventually lost the match (6-1, 4-6, 6-0). He survives to play a consolation match against IUPUI's Thomas Gans on Sunday morning.
Senior Philip Diaz looked poised to make the semifinals of the Flight B singles main draw but was bumped by Depaul's Kyle Johnson, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. It came after he defeated James Stark (6-2, 7-6 (7)) from Marquette.
Freshman Brian Carman won his round of 16 match against Pat O'Neil from IUPUI. Carman rallied to win the set, 5-7, 7-5, 6-4, but was unable to hold of Purdue's Szymon Tatarczyk (6-4, 6-2) in his next match and will have to settle for a consolation match on Sunday.
Sophomore Michael Moe advanced in his flight with help from a withdrawal. He eventually lost to Nick Volz from IUPUI in the round of eight (6-1, 6-7, 7-6).
Senior Patrick Bandy lost his match in the Flight B main draw on Sunday. Sophomore Freddy Abunku won his first consolation match in the same draw. He later dropped a match to Andres Estenssoro to end his tournament. Bandy will have a consolation match on Sunday.
Moe and Diaz picked up the only doubles victory of the day for the Musketeers in the Flight A main doubles draw. The win was awarded when their opponents were unable to start the match. They later lost to Austin Woldmoe and Billy Weldon from Butler, 8-5, in the semifinal round.
Bandy and Krull also dropped their doubles match by the same score in the Flight A consolation draw to Butler's Andres Maynez and Tommy Marx.