Xavier Downs Duquesne To Remain Undefeated In Atlantic 10

Daniella Patton won her fourth-straight win in singles play.

Daniella Patton won her fourth-straight win in singles play.

March 24, 2013

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FAIRFIELD, Ohio - The Xavier women's tennis team picked up a 4-3 victory over Duquesne on Sunday at the Mercy Fairfield HealthPlex to give the Musketeers' their fifth-consecutive victory and keep them perfect in Atlantic 10 play.

It was the sixth one-point victory and third in league play for the Musketeers (12-4, 6-0 A-10). Xavier also held serve at home winning its seventh match of the season.

"I felt today was a very competitive match. Duquesne really came to play and really pushed us." head coach Eric Toth said. "They have a good team. We continue to really compete well in all situations and if we continue to do that we are going to be in every match we play and be in great position to win."

The Musketeers collected the all-important doubles point to start the match and give them a cushion heading into singles play. Seniors Kally Alkire and Katie Pleiman posted their third-straight win and Daniella Patton and Allyson Westling moved to 3-0 together.

Pleiman, Brinker and Patton each collected singles victories on the day to pace the Musketeer victory. Pleiman had the toughest road as she had to battle back after dropping the first set at the No. 1 singles spot.

Brinker won her match to give her 14-straight wins at the No. 2 singles position where she is 15-1 in dual matches in her first season. Patton cruised to her fourth-consecutive after posting a win at the No. 4 slot.

Xavier looks to finish the month of March with an unblemished record when it hosts Cincinnati at the Xavier Tennis Courts on campus. First serve against the Bearcats begins at 3 p.m.

Xavier 4, Duquesne 3

Singles competition
1. Katie Pleiman (XU) def. Judy Li (DUQ) 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
2. Alex Brinker (XU) def. Megan O'Sullivan (DUQ) 6-3, 6-3
3. Sarah Shashura (DUQ) def. Kally Alkire (XU) 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
4. Daniella Patton (XU) def. Alrissa Tobe (DUQ) 6-3, 6-0
5. Chandler Consonery (DUQ) def. Lizzie Oosterbaan (XU) 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
6. Alexa Miller (DUQ) def. Allyson Westling (XU) 6-4, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Kally Alkire/Katie Pleiman (XU) def. Megan O'Sullivan/Sarah Shashura (DUQ) 8-2
2. Daniella Patton/Allyson Westling (XU) def. Alexa Miller/Judy Li (DUQ) 8-2
3. Alex Brinker/Brooke Dennis (XU) vs. Daniela Osio/Chandler Consonery (DUQ) 7-4, unfinished

Match Notes:
Duquesne 5-8, 2-3 A-10 Xavier 12-4, 6-0 A-10