Junior Aylin Seyalioglu ended her Xavier career with the clinching doubles victory on Sunday.
April 19, 2009
MONROEVILLE, Pa. - It came down to the final match, but the Xavier women's tennis team fell to Charlotte, 4-3, in the third-place match of the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship. The Musketeers earned the doubles point, but was only able to pick up two singles victory as their 2008-09 season came to an end.
"It's a tough end to an otherwise very good season," XU head coach Eric Toth said. "Charlotte was just a couple points better than us today and that was the difference. Our girls, like they have all year, competed extremely well, but in the end it was just Charlotte's day.
"We didn't finish as champions of the Atlantic 10 as we set out to do, but a fourth-place finish in a pretty deep conference is a pretty good effort from our girls."
With the doubles point hanging in the balance, juniors Jill Ducro and Aylin Seyalioglu, playing in her final match as a Musketeers before pursuing academic endeavors, stepped up to the challenge. Coming back from a late deficit, the duo bested Charlotte's Koren Pleming and Gabi Vergara 8-6 to put XU in front 1-0.
The 49ers evened the score at 1-1 with a victory in the Flight 3 singles match, but the Musketeers regained the lead when Ducro defeated Rivera in Flight 4 action. She took the match in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0.
Another singles win by Charlotte tied the score at 2-2, but junior Kaitlyn Zinn recorded a straight set victory over her Flight 5 foe, the 49ers' Candace Cunningham, to move XU within one point of a third-place finish.
It was not to be, however, as Charlotte claimed the final three singles matches to earn four points and third-place in the Atlantic 10 Championship.