Senior Jeanette Feider won the clinching singles match in Saturday's victory over George Washington.
March 21, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senior Jeanette Feider fought off match points to pull out the clinching singles victory in the Xavier women's tennis team's 4-3 victory over George Washington on Saturday. The Musketeers swept the doubles point and won the first two singles matches to open a 3-0 lead before Feider claimed the final match of the day to seal the XU win.
With the match tied at 3-3, Feider fell into an early hole with the Colonials' Zoe Krohn won the first set of their Flight 4 match, 6-1. Krohn had chances to give GW the victory in the second set, but Feider held on to push it to a tiebreaker. She claimed the tiebreaker 10-8 to force a third set.
With the team competition at stake, Feider and Krohn traded games in the third set. Finally, Feider pulled out a 6-4 victory to give XU its third conference win of the season.
"As one of our seniors, Jeanette Feider did such an incredible job of just finding a way to win," Musketeer head coach Eric Toth said. "The two last players on the court at number four singles fought so hard, and it could have gone either way. We were fortunate to get the win and we'll take it."
Feider paired up with junior Aylin Seyalioglu to spark the Musketeers doubles success, as the duo defeated GWU's Krohn and Verena Knoedler in the Flight 3 match, 8-1. Sophomores Kelsey Kinnard and Tifanie Treece kept the ball rolling for XU, besting Nadia Demidenko and Jacqueline Corba 8-2 in the Flight 1 showdown.
XU's success continued into early singles action with Zinn and junior Jill Ducro picked up straight set victories in their Flight 5 and 6 matches, respectively. Ducro took down GWU's Michele Style 6-0, 6-1 and Zinn bested Tyner 6-2, 6-4 to give the Musketeers a 3-0 lead in the dual meet.
"These girls just competed so hard today," Toth said. "Our doubles were very good, but GW came back and fought us tooth and nail in singles. We're still in good position for April and the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament.
XU will continue dual meet action on Wednesday, March 25 against Butler at 3 p.m. in Indianapolis, Ind.