Alkire Claims Decisive Point, Xavier Beats UMass

Kally Alkire defeated her opponent in the third set to give Xavier the victory.

Kally Alkire defeated her opponent in the third set to give Xavier the victory.

March 8, 2013

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CINCINNATI - With her parents watching in the stands senior Kally Alkire won a decisive third-set and lifted the Xavier women's tennis team to a 4-3 victory over a tough Massachusetts squad at the Eastern Hills Indoor Tennis Club on Friday night.

It all came down to Alkire for the Musketeers (8-4, 3-0 Atlantic 10) who knocked off a Minutewomen (9-4, 3-1) team that won three-straight entering the contest. Xavier returns to the court on Saturday to face IUPUI.

"I'm really pleased with tonight's victory. Massachusetts is a really tough team in our conference and they are always tough to beat," head coach Eric Toth said. "They make you beat them and tonight's result really shows how well we competed the entire evening. We still have a lot to do as far as the conference is concerned, but tonight was definitely a positive step. We can enjoy this win tonight but make sure we are ready to go tomorrow night against IUPUI and have no letdown."

The match was tied at three wins a piece leaving it up to Alkire to win her No. 3 singles position. Alkire won the opening set but dropped a closely contested second set to force the match into the only three-set contest of the evening. She dominated the third set to knock Jessica Podlofsky who was 10-1 in dual matches coming into the night.

Senior Katie Pleiman and freshman Alex Brinker wasted little time putting their opponents away at the first and second singles positions. All four sets went to the Musketeers in 6-1 fashion. It was the 10th-consecutive win for Brinker and Pleiman improved to 9-3 in singles play.

Xavier needed a win from junior Andrea Wolf at the No. 5 singles position to push the match to the very end of the night. Wolf captured set victories by two points avoiding any tie breakers and improving to 7-3 in her last 10 matches.

Sophomore Daniella Patton and juniors Allyson Westling lost their singles matches at the fourth and sixth singles spots, respectively.

A highly competitive doubles point to kick off the match went to Massachusetts with the No. 3 doubles spot deciding the result. Patton and Wolf were up in that position from the start but eventually lost 9-7.

Brinker and Westling went to a tiebreaker to win their No. 2 doubles match. The duo went up to start the match but fell behind in the tiebreaker, 5-2, that would decide the match. Xavier won five-straight points to capture the result.

At the top doubles spot Pleiman and Alkire fell behind 5-1 but came all the way back to give UMass trouble. Unfortunately the combo ran out of steam handing the Minutewomen a point to tie the doubles score.

Saturday's match against the Jaguars begins at 7 p.m. and will be played at Eastern Hills.

Xavier 4, Massachusetts 3

Singles competition
1. Katie Pleiman (XU) def. Yuliana Motyl (UMASS) 6-1, 6-1
2. Alex Brinker (XU) def. Sonia Bokhari (UMASS) 6-1, 6-1
3. Kally Alkire (XU) def. Jessica Podlofsky (UMASS) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
4. Arieele Griffin (UMASS) def. Daniella Patton (XU) 6-2, 6-3
5. Andrea Wolf (XU) def. Chantal Swiszcz (UMASS) 7-5, 6-4
6. Chanel Glasper (UMASS) def. Allyson Westling (XU) 6-4, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Yuliana Motyl/Chantal Swiszcz (UMASS) def. Katie Pleiman/Kally Alkire (XU) 8-6
2. Allyson Westling/Alex Brinker (XU) def. Sonia Bokhari/Chanel Glasper (UMASS) 9-8 (7-5)
3. Jessica Podlofsky/Arieele Griffin (UMASS) def. Daniella Patton/Andrea Wolf (XU) 9-7

Match Notes: Massachusetts 9-3, 3-1 A-10
Xavier 8-4, 3-0 A-10
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,2,4,6,5,3)
Official: Wynndell Burns T-3:01 A-81