Patrick Bandy and the Musketeers will open the fall slate Friday at Tennessee.
Sept. 15, 2011
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Xavier men's tennis team will begin the fall tournament season Friday as they head down I-75 for the Tennessee Fall Invitational hosted by the University of Tennessee. This season, the Musketeers are looking forward to a strong showing in fall action to prepare for a tough dual-match season in 2012. Competition will be held at UT's Barksdale Stadium on campus and at the nearby Tyson Park.
"Our teams look forward to our first competition of the season," said Xavier head coach Eric Toth. "I think you are always are excited to play somebody other than yourselves. We're looking for strong play over the course of the entire weekend and we hope to see where we are strong, and what we need most work on as we move forward throughout our fall season."
Joining the Musketeers at the Tennessee Fall Invitational are the always strong Buccaneers of East Tennessee State, Lipscomb, Winthrop, Eastern Kentucky, Davidson, Tennessee Tech, and Wright State.
This season, the Musketeers boast a nationally-ranked doubles team for the first time in XU history. Junior Philip Diaz, a Columbus, Ohio native, and junior Brandon MacDonald of Oakville, Ontario are ranked No. 57 in the doubles ITA preseason poll. Last season the duo posted a 14-2 record in doubles play.
Xavier returns several key members of last season's Atlantic 10 finals team. Besides the aforementioned MacDonald and Diaz, 2011 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year Jimmy Roebker returns with fellow sophomore Mesa Mei for their second season at XU.
Seniors Patrick Bandy, Marc Pretorius and Richard Canelas will be looked to for leadership this season, while newcomers Michael Moe and Freddy Abunku will get their first look at collegiate competition this weekend at Tennessee.
Friday and Saturday's action starts at 8 a.m. while play begins at 9 a.m. on Sunday. A live blog of the event can be found on UTSports.com and fans are encouraged to follow @voltennis_event on twitter for results as they happen.