Women's Tennis Shines on Senior Day
April 8, 2009
CINCINNATI - The Xavier women's tennis team celebrated Senior Day with a decisive victory on Wednesday, defeating Northern Kentucky 6-1 at the Xavier Tennis Courts. Seniors Kara Courtney and Jeanette Feider led the way for the Musketeers, recording individual wins in singles and pairing up to win the Flight 1 doubles match.
"This is a nice way to end the regular season today, with a convincing victory," XU head coach Eric Toth said. "NKU is a pretty scrappy team, so you have to beat them, especially in singles. I thought our girls did a good job today."
On the seniors' day to shine, Catherine Starr teamed up with sophomore Christie Pleiman to get the Musketeers started in the win column. Starr, one of four student-athletes playing in their final regular season dual meet at XU, and Pleiman defeated NKU's Jennifer Hand and Irana Misic in the Flight 3 match, 8-3, to give the Musketeers the leg up in doubles play.
Moments later, Courtney and Feider clinched the doubles point for XU by putting the finishing touch on an 8-3 victory over Stephanie Isaacs and Jill Sturgeon of NKU in the Flight 1 showdown, giving the home team a 1-0 lead.
The Musketeers earned a sweep of the doubles action when juniors Jill Ducro and Aylin Seyalioglu, who was also playing in her final regular season dual meet, bested NKU's Michelle Schirmann and Kristen Sunday in the Flight 2 match. Tied at 7-7, Ducro and Seyalioglu won the tiebreaker 7-5 when a foot fault ended the match.
XU's success carried over into singles action, as the Musketeers won five of six matches. Ducro finished her Flight 4 match first, defeating Hand in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0, t give Xavier the 2-0 lead.
Recording her 80th career singles victory, Courtney moved into fifth place in program history with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Sunday that put XU one win away from clinching the team victory.
Feider continued the streak of strong senior performances, winning her Flight 6 match against NKU's Maggie Koetter in straight sets, with identical scores of 6-1. Her victory gave the Musketeers a 4-0 lead in the dual meet and secured the team's 15th win of the season.
Avenging a loss in last year's meeting with NKU, sophomore Tifanie Treece defeated Isaacs in convincing fashion in their Flight 2 showdown. After winning the first set 6-1, Treece shutout Isaacs in the second set, 6-0.
Junior Kaitlyn Zinn put the final point on the board for XU, holding on for a straight set win in her Flight 5 match against Sturgeon. Zinn cruised to a 6-2 win in the first set, but Sturgeon forced a tiebreaker in the second set. Stepping up in crunch time, Zinn won the tiebreaker 7-2 to claim the match.
XU will now have a week to prepare for the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament, where the Musketeers earned a runner-up finish last season. This season, Toth and his squad have their eyes on the title.
" We've worked hard all season, and next week is the culmination of those efforts with the A-10 Championship," Toth said. "We were runners up last year, and we're gunning for the first title and NCAA Tournament appearance for the woman's program this time around."