Rutgers Outlasts Women's Tennis, 4-3
Feb. 15, 2009
CINCINNATI - In a competition that came down to the final match, the Xavier University women's tennis team fell to Rutgers by the score of 4-3 on Sunday. Back-to-back victories by sophomore Tifanie Treece and junior Jill Ducro pulled the Musketeers even with the Scarlet Knights, but the comeback fell just short.
Although sophomore Kelsey Kinnard and Treece started the day with an 8-4 win in the Flight 1 doubles match, XU dropped the next two paired matches to concede the doubles point. The Musketeers have lost the doubles point in their last seven dual meets.
Junior Kaitlyn Zinn pulled XU out of the hole with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Leonora Slatnick in the Flight 5 singles match, evening the dual meet at 1-1. The Scarlet Knights responded by coming out on top in the next two singles matches that finished, putting Rutgers one point away from claiming the team victory.
Treece kept the Musketeers alive with a win in her Flight 2 match, besting Katherine Arlak in straight sets (6-4, 6-4). Erasing the deficit completely, Ducro won her match by the identical score of 6-4, 6-4 with a victory over Caitlin Baker in the Flight 6 singles showdown.
In the last match of the day, XU's Jeannette Feider squared off with Maryana Milchutskey in the Flight 4 slot. Feider won the first set, 6-3, but Milchutskey held on for a 6-4 victory in set number two to set up a decisive third set. The players traded blows, but the Scarlet Knights came out on top thanks to a 6-4 win in the final set from Milchutskey.
"Our effort was not good enough to get it done today against a very good Rutgers team," XU head coach Eric Toth said. "When you let a solid team like that hang around and don't close out opportunities when you have them, it's generally not going to work out well for you on that day."
The Musketeers will open Atlantic 10 play this week, traveling to Saint Louis on Friday, Feb. 20 for a showdown with the Billikens.