Musketeers Defeat Wright State On Senior Day

Kally Alkire roped in a victory on Senior Day for Xavier.

Kally Alkire roped in a victory on Senior Day for Xavier.

April 9, 2013


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CINCINNATI - The Xavier women's tennis team sent its three seniors out with a win on Tuesday as the Musketeers beat Wright State, 6-1, outdoors at the Lunken Airport Playfield to close out the home portion of the season.

Kally Alkire, Natalie Handler and Katie Pleiman all played their final home match and helped the Musketeers improve to 15-5 overall and 8-1 in home contests. Xavier won all six singles matches but dropped the doubles point.

"Today was a nice Senior Day victory for our team," head coach Eric Toth said. "It was nice to see Katie, Kally, and Natalie -in exhibition - perform well today and honor them after the match. Coach Matthews and I really appreciate the contributions they have made to the program over the last four years both on and off the court. Our work is not done and we need to keep improving each day starting with Northern Kentucky tomorrow."

Pleiman cruised to a win at the No. 1 singles position for her 15th victory of the season. Alkire played a close first set and breezed through in the second set at the No. 3 position.

Alex Brinker netted her 18th-straight victory at the No. 2 singles position while Daniella Patton blanked her opponent in both sets for a win at the No. 4 spot.

Also taking home victories were Lizzie Oosterbaan and Caitlin Lawless.

Wright State won the doubles point, which was played after the conclusion of the singles point due to the threat of rain earlier in the afternoon. Alkire and partner Brooke Dennis were the only Musketeer team to earn a win.

The 15 regular season victories are the most since the 2009 spring season. Xavier will have a chance to pick up two more victories before the Atlantic 10 Championship. The Musketeers play Northern Kentucky on Wednesday and wrap up regular season action against St. Bonaventure on Saturday.

Xavier 6, Wright State 1

Singles competition
1. Katie Pleiman (XU) def. Kayla Tuscany (WSU) 6-2, 6-0
2. Alex Brinker (XU) def. Alex Bastock (WSU) 6-2, 6-1
3. Kally Alkire (XU) def. Taylor Hines (WSU) 6-4, 6-1
4. Daniella Patton (XU) def. Amy Nini (WSU) 6-0, 6-0
5. Lizzie Oosterbaan (XU) def. Chelsea Girgash (WSU) 6-2, 6-1
6. Caitlin Lawless (XU) def. Megan McNamara (WSU) 6-2, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Amy Nini/Taylor Hines (WSU) def. Allyson Westling/Daniella Patton (XU) 8-6
2. Kally Alkire/Brooke Dennis (XU) def. Alex Bastock/Megan McNamara (WSU) 8-3
3. Chelsea Girgash/Kayla Tuscany (WSU) def. Alex Brinker/Megan Morris (XU) 8-4

Match Notes:
Wright State 6-13, 1-2 Horizon
Xavier 15-5, 8-0 A-10
Singles played before doubles due to threat of rain.
Official: Barry Fittes T-2:40 A-74