Xavier Opens Play at Tennessee Invitational

Philip Diaz advanced to the Volunteer singles quarterfinal.

Philip Diaz advanced to the Volunteer singles quarterfinal.

Oct. 12, 2012


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - It was a mixed result for the Xavier men's tennis team that saw junior Jimmy Roebker advance to the Orange Singles main draw on the opening day of the Tennessee Invitational on Friday.

Roebker had the best run of any singles players on the day for the Musketeers. The junior picked up two victories and advanced to the quarterfinals in the Orange singles draw. He defeated Wright State's Michal Lyzwa (6-0, 7-6, 6-1) and Winthrop's Yuta Hirokawa (6-2, 7-6) to move on.

Junior Mesa Mei and freshman Zach Mueck also picked up first round victories in the Orange singles draw. Mei defeated Dayton's Aidan Koross (3-6, 6-2, 6-2) before losing to Tennessee's Hunter Reese (7-6, 4-6, 6-1). Mueck easily handled Tennessee Tech's Syrym Abdukhaikov (6-2, 6-0) but lost to Brandon Fickey (6-0, 6-3) form Tennessee. Both players moved into the consolation bracket.

Also in that bracket is senior Brandon MacDonald who lost his first match to Wright State's Hayden Joblin (6-2, 6-4). He bounced back with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Matthew Barry from Penn State to continue his play at the tournament.

Senior Patrick Bandy picked up a 6-4, 6-2 win over Devin Jones from Dayton before losing to Edward Jones from Tennessee, 7-6, 6-2. Sophomore Michael Moe won his first match over Colin Bernier from Dayton (6-3, 6-0) but fell to John Collins from Tennessee (2-6, 6-0, 6-0). They move to the White consolation singles where teammate Adam Krull advanced after winning his second match of the day.



Senior Philip Diaz was a standout for the Musketeers in the Volunteer singles making it to the quarterfinals of the draw. He defeated Chattanooga's William Disterdick 6-2, 6-1. He was the only Musketeer to reach the round in the Volunteer draw.

In doubles play all but two Xavier teams advanced to the semifinal round. Mei and Roebker teamed up for an 8-4 win over Louisville's Alex Gomet and Michael Lippens in the Goodfriend doubles draw. Bandy and Diaz hung an 8-5 result over Louisville's Luis Elizondo and Chris Smich and Xavier's Krull and Moe won their doubles match, 8-4, against Tennessee Tech's Vasily Eremeev and Artern Tarasov.

The Musketeers return to the court early on Saturday for the continuation of the Tennessee Invitational.