Xavier senior Daniella Patton faced a tough bracket at the Cincinnati Met, including eventual champ Marie Matrka.
July 22, 2014
CINCINNATI - Former and current Xavier athletes made an impact at this week's Thomas E. Price Cincinnati Metropolitan Tennis Tournament. Three women and four men advanced to the semi finals with rising senior Daniella Patton competing in the most difficult bracket of the women's draw.
Patton defeated last year's finalist Madison Cook 6-1, 6-1 in the quarterfinals and advanced to the semifinals where she faced the defending champ, Marie Matrka. Patton and Matrka battled it out in three sets with Patton falling with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 loss. Incoming freshman Amina Ismail lost only four games and defeated Xavier graduate Kaitlyn Zinn in order to reach the finals Saturday. Ismail had an impressive 5-0 start against Matrka, but a second set cramp would prevent her from taking home the crown. Matrka was able to make a come back and close out the second and third sets with a 6-7 (7-4), 6-3, 6-3 win
Xavier graduate and current assistant coach Doug Matthews also made a finals appearance, where he took on two time defending champ, Wyatt Lippert. Matthews and Lippert faced each other in the 2013 finals and the 2012 semifinals, where Matthews fell both times. However this year the tables turned, and Matthews pulled out a straight 7-6 (9-7), 7-5 win.
Matthews also defeated junior Zach Mueck in the semifinals, who had beat recent Xavier graduate Jimmy Roebker in the quarterfinals. This year's win gives him his 14th Met crown; three in singles, five in men's doubles, and six in mixed doubles. "I'm proud of the success at the Met from our former, current and future Musketeers. This showcases our program's tradition of success in the area and points to future success and growth," said head coach, Eric Toth.