Alex Brinker won her eighth-straight match in the Xavier loss to Hawaii.
Feb. 28, 2013
HONOLULU - The Xavier women's tennis team battled down to the wire but eventually dropped a 4-3 decision to Hawaii in a late match (Eastern Time) on Wednesday at the UH Tennis Complex.
The Musketeers (7-3) had their two-match winning streak snapped in the first of two contests in Hawaii over spring break.
Xavier took three singles matches but were unable to pull out a final three-set match to pull off the victory. Senior Katie Pleimnan, junior Andrea Wolf and freshman Alex Brinker each picked up victories at the one, two and five singles spots respectively.
"I'm really proud of our girls today. We competed exceptionally well and darn near came back from a 0-3 deficit to take it," head coach Eric Toth said. "Hawaii was a couple of points better and that's all that separates teams some days. We have a quick turnaround and need to be mentally ready tomorrow to take on 40th-ranked San Diego State"
Wolf captured a three-set win after dropping the opening set to Rebecaa Faltusz. Brinker extended her winning streak to eight and Pleiman captured a straight-set victory over the region's 18th ranked player Katarina Poljakova.
The match came down to the No. 4 singles spot where Matrina Kostalova slipped past Xavier's Daniella Patton in three sets. Xavier was forced to win four singles matches after dropping the doubles point.
Pleiman and classmate Kally Alkire were the only duo to earn a doubles victory. The two knocked off Poljakova and Paulina Petriskova in a tie-breaker at the No. 1 spot after the doubles point was decided.
Xavier returns to the court to face San Diego State beginning at 10 a.m. HT on Thursday.
Hawaii 4, Xavier 3
Singles competition 1. Katie Pleiman (XU) def. Katarina Poljakova (UH) 7-6 (7-2), 7-5 2. Alex Brinker (XU) def. Xenia Suworowa (UH) 6-3, 6-3 3. Paulina Petriskova (UH) def. Kally Alkire (XU) 6-3, 6-0 4. Matrina Kostalova (UH) def. Daniella Patton (XU) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 5. Andrea Wolf (XU) def. Rebecca Faltusz (UH) 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 6. Kelsey Daguio (UH) def.Lizzie Oosterbaan (XU) 6-1, 6-4
Doubles competition 1. Katie Pleiman/Kally Alkire (XU) def. Katarina Poljakova/Paulina Petriskova (UH) 8-7 (10-5) 2. Xenia Suworowa/Rebecca Faltusz (UH) def. Alex Brinker/Allyson Westling (XU) 9-7 3. Matrina Kostalova/Kelsey Daguio (UH) def. Daniella Patton/Andrea Wolf (XU) 8-4
Xavier 7-3, 2-0 A-10
Hawaii 3-7, 2-2 Big West
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,6,2,1,5,4)