Junior Kaitlyn Zinn helped lead the Musketeers' comeback win over Butler.
March 25, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Improving to 7-1 in dual meets decided by one point on the season, the Xavier women's tennis team bested Butler, 4-3, on Wednesday. Juniors Kaitlyn Zinn and Jill Ducro led the Musketeers' comeback, winning the final two singles matches of the day.
"I'm really happy for the girls today," XU head coach Eric Toth said. "We pulled out yet another 4-3 match, which really speaks volumes for how these girls compete.
"I think this really bodes well as we get toward the end of the season. It's going to be inevitable that we're going to have close matches. We're going to have confidence every time we get in a close match that we're going to be able to pull it out."
Xavier fell into an early holes, losing two of three doubles matches to give Butler a 1-0 lead. After losing the top flight doubles match, Ducro and fellow junior Aylin Seyalioglu teamed up to win their Flight 3 showdown with the Bulldogs' Cam Thompson and Ashley Breitenbach, 8-6. It wasn't enough, however, with Butler winning the Flight 2 match to secure the double point.
The Musketeers quickly erased the deficit and even took one-point lead with victories in the first two singles matches to finish. Senior Kara Courtney made quick work of her Bulldog foe in the Flight 1 showdown, defeating Natali James 6-4, 6-3 to even the dual meet at 1-1.
Sophomore Kelsey Kinnard then gave XU the lead with a straight set win in the Flight 3 match. After winning the first set, 7-5, Kinnard pulled out the tiebreaker over Molly Casperson, 7-5, to record the straight set win.
Two straight victories by Butler put the Bulldogs one win from clinching the meet, 3-2. Zinn tied it up in convincing fashion, however, besting Kate Panawash in straight sets. Zinn lost just one game, winning 6-1, 6-0 in the Flight 6 slot.
After winning the first set of her Flight 5 match, 6-3, Ducro dropped the second set to Thompson by a score of 6-1, evening the match at one set each. Ducro rebounded from the setback, earning XU the team victory with a 6-0 win in the decisive third set.
The Musketeers will be in action again on Saturday, March 28 at 2 p.m. when they take on Atlantic 10 Conference foe Duquesne at the Five Seasons in Cincinnati.