Musketeers Women's Tennis Wins Thriller Against Fordham

Senior Katie Pleiman won both matches that she competed in on Friday.

Senior Katie Pleiman won both matches that she competed in on Friday.

April 19, 2013

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Xavier Musketeer women's tennis team worked its way past the Fordham Rams 4-3 to advance to the semifinals of the Atlantic 10 Tournament. The win kept the Musketeers undefeated in conference play on the year.

The Musketeers earned the doubles point, but not without having to work for it. Alex Brinker and Megan Morris fell in their No. 3 doubles match, meaning the two remaining doubles teams needed to win to claim the point.

The No. 2 doubles team of Ally Westling and Daniella Patton wrapped up an 8-2 win, which meant it was up to seniors Katie Pleiman and Kally Alkire. After going up 7-2, Pleiman and Alkire allowed Fordham to crawl back into the match at 7-4. However, Alkire served out the match to earn the Musketeers the doubles point.

In singles play, Pleiman and Patton easily defeated their respective opponents, meaning Xavier needed only one more win to move on to the semifinals for the first time since 2009.

Winning the decisive match proved to be difficult for the Musketeers. Alkire and Lizzie Oosterbaan both fell in straight sets, while Andrea Wolf lost in three sets.

The match came down to freshman No. 2 singles player Brinker. Brinker, who has only lost once on the year, battled her way to a three set victory, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-5.

"My opponent was really just getting everything back," Brinker said. "She didn't play like that when I played her a few weeks ago, so it kind of took me by surprise. But, I was just happy to get the win. That's all that matters."

Head Coach Eric Toth was pleased with the way the Musketeers fought to grind out the win.

"It's about survival at this stage of the season," Toth said. "We've been on the other end of matches like this where you don't come out on top. But, that being said, we have two more matches remaining in this tournament and I know the girls will give it all they can."

The Musketeers move on to play Massachusetts tomorrow at 1 p.m. at the Boar's Head Sports Complex in Charlottesville, Va. Xavier beat UMass, 4-3, in the team's regular season match on March 8.