Xavier Pulls Out One-Point Victory Over Fordham

Daniella Patton was one of four Xavier players to capture a singles victory.

Daniella Patton was one of four Xavier players to capture a singles victory.

April 5, 2013

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BRONX, N.Y. - The Xavier women's tennis team pulled out another close victory as it defeated Fordham 4-3 on Friday at the Hawthorn/Rooney Courts to stay unbeaten in Atlantic 10 action.

It was the eighth overall one-point match for the Musketeers (13-5, 7-0) and third-straight match decided by the margin. In those matches XU is 5-3 which includes four victories over conference opponents.

"Today was another positive step to improving our Atlantic 10 resume," head coach Eric Toth said. "We can still be better and need to come out with the right attitude and fire against Rhode Island on Saturday."

After losing the doubles point Xavier needed four victories at the singles match ups to pull out the win. It received wins from the top four players and the Musketeers won for the sixth time in seven contests.

Katie Pleiman and Alex Brinker each cruised at the respective one and two slots for the Musketeers. Pleiman is making a strong case for A-10 Player of the Year with a 14-4 record and 6-1 mark playing No. 1 singles.

Brinker on the other hand has a strong beat for A-10 Rookie of the Year as she has now won 16-straight matches at No. 2 singles. She hasn't lost since Jan. 20 and has only dropped three sets during her current streak.

Kally Alkire and Daniella Patton also locked down straight-set wins which gave XU the victory. Alkire needed a tiebreaker in the second set and Patton made quick work at the No. 4 singles for the win.

Andrea Wolf returned to the lineup and despite winning the first set lost for just the fifth time in dual action.

Brinker and partner Megan Morris were the only Musketeer team to earn a win at the doubles spot. They pulled out an 8-6 win.

Xavier's match against the Rams begins at 3 p.m.

Xavier 4, Fordham 3

Singles competition
1. Katie Pleiman (XU) def. Amy Simidian (FOR) 6-3, 6-3
2. Alex Brinker (XU) def. Sarah Ali (FOR) 6-2, 6-2
3. Kally Alkire (XU) def. Bella Genkina (FOR) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
4. Daniella Patton (XU) def. Angelika Dabu (FOR) 6-3, 6-2
5. Julie Leong (FOR) def. Andrea Wolf (XU) 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
6. Anika Novacek (FOR) def. Caitlin Lawless (XU) 6-3, 2-6, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Sarah Ali/Amy Simidian (FOR) def. Katie Pleiman/Kally Alkire (XU) 8-2
2. Bella Genkina/Anika Novacek (FOR) def. Daniella Patton/Allyson Westling (XU) 8-1
3. Megan Morris/Alex Brinker (XU) def. Julie Leong/Angelika Dabu (FOR) 8-6

Match Notes:
Xavier 13-5, 7-0 A-10
Fordham 7-6, 1-2 A-10