Tennis Set to Begin 2009 Spring Season

Senior Ra'ees Ismail is the men's tennis program's all-time leader in overall wins.
Senior Ra'ees Ismail is the men's tennis program's all-time leader in overall wins.

Jan. 8, 2009

CINCINNATI - The Xavier men's and women's tennis teams will begin the 2009 spring dual meet season against Florida Atlantic on Friday at 2 p.m. The Musketeers will be in Boca Raton, Fla. to take on the Owls.

Last season, the men's squad posted a 16-9 record in dual meet action on its way to the program's first Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament championship and automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. On the women's side, the Musketeers went 17-8 and advanced to the championship game of the conference tournament, finishing one win away from advancing to the NCAA Tournament.

Seniors Ra'ees Ismail, Doug Matthews and Mike Dieciuc will lead the men's repeat bid, with all three ranking among the program leaders in career wins. Ismail, who went 8-5 in both singles and doubles competition this fall, is the Musketeers' all-time leader in overall and doubles victories, and also ranks second in career singles wins. After going 5-4 in singles and 5-3 in doubles, Matthews ranks third all-time in overall victories, while Dieciuc moved into 10th place in overall wins with an 11-6 record this fall.

Freshman Richard Canelas posted the best singles record for the men's squad this fall, going 10-6 overall. Fellow first-year Musketeer Marc Pretorius was the only other player with a singles record above .500, going 5-4. Junior Chris Herrlinger paired with Matthews to post a 5-3 record in doubles competition.

The senior duo of Kara Courtney and Jeanette Feider, both among the program leaders in overall career victories, will look to lead the women's team to the next level in 2009. Paired up in doubles action, Courtney and Feider posted a 5-3 record in the fall and also earned four wins each in singles competition.



Fellow senior Catherine Starr also has four singles wins, as does junior Jill Ducro. Sophomore Kelsey Kinnard and sophomore Christie Pleiman hold the best singles records, however, going 7-0 and 5-1, respectively, this fall. Starr and junior Kaitlyn Zinn teamed up to go 6-1 as a doubles pairing.

While the men's team will be on the road until Feb. 17 when the Musketeers take on Butler, the women's squad be in Cincinnati for its next match when Toledo comes to town on Jan. 23 for a 7:30 p.m. match.