Musketeers Close Out Play At Purdue Invitational

Jimmy Roebker will play next weekend at the All-American Championship.

Jimmy Roebker will play next weekend at the All-American Championship.

Sept. 23, 2012


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Freshman Zach Mueck finally lost his first match of the season and the Xavier men's tennis team picked up five consolation draw victories on the final day of the Purdue Invitational.

"I felt our guys did a nice job overall this weekend," head coach Eric Toth said. "Everyone was playing against competition maybe a level higher than normal and really held their own.

"Zach was really impressive and showed the beginnings of the type of impact player he will be in our program. We still have a long way to go in this initial phase of our season and we'll keep working the right way to keep making the improvements necessary to develop into the team we'll be in January and beyond."

Mueck reached the semifinals of the Flight A main draw before bowing out to Diego Acosta of Purdue, 7-5, 6-3. It was his first collegiate loss after starting the fall schedule with a seven-match unbeaten streak.

Xavier also had five players in the higher consolation draw and walked away with a win in each match.

Freshman Adam Krull knocked off Thomas Gans (IUPUI) and sophomore Freddy Abunku beat Roberto Meza (Toledo) by similar 8-4 scores. Sophomore Michael Moe defeated Garrett Cona (Toledo), 8-6, and freshman Brian Carman won, 8-3, against Eduardo Sztrajtman (IPFW). Senior Philip Diaz beat Joao Freitas (IPFW), 8-5, for the clean sweep in consolation play.

The Musketeers will send senior Brandon MacDonald and juniors Mesa Mei and Jimmy Roebker to the All-American Championship in Tulsa beginning on Saturday. The entire team returns to action Oct. 12-14 at the Tennessee Invitational.