Women's Tennis Downs UMass to Advance to Semifinals
April 17, 2009
MONROEVILLE, Pa. - For the second straight season, the Xavier women's tennis team defeated Massachusetts in the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship. This year's 4-0 victory earned the Musketeers a semifinal berth, moving on to face Temple at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Senior Jeanette Feider won her second set tiebreaker 7-1 to clinch the win.
A dramatic finish to the Flight 3 doubles match opened up the competition. After fighting off a pair of match points, juniors Jill Ducro and Aylin Seyalioglu came back to defeat Candynce Boney and Kaitlyn Carpenter of Massachusetts, 9-7.
Seniors Kara Courtney and Feider also needed a comeback in their Flight 2 match, falling behind to Laura Danai and Maude Lecluyse early. The duo rebounded to put the Musketeers in front 1-0 with an 8-4 victory that secured the doubles point.
XU opened singles play by winning the first set in five of the six matches. Courtney extended the team's lead to 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Magdalena Ploch in the Flight 1 match, the first to finish.
Junior Kaitlyn Zinn faced stiff competition from Lecluyse in their Flight 5 showdown, but Zinn moved XU one win away from advancing to the tournament semifinals with a 7-5, 7-5 victory. Feider earned that decisive point for the Musketeers, besting Danai in straight sets, 7-5, 7-6 (1), in the Flight 6 match.
Just an outstanding effort to beat a very good Massachusetts team," XU head coach Eric Toth said. "A 4-0 match doesn't even come close to telling the story of how the match really went down.
"It was just typical of our whole season. A group of girls competing with everything they have to get another good win at this stage of the season. That's what it's about. Getting a win and playing another day with a chance for a championship. We'll be ready for Temple tomorrow."
The Musketeers will take on Temple at 1 p.m. on Saturday in the semifinals, with a spot in the championship game on the line.