April 24, 2010
BELLEVILLE, Ill. -- After a long day at the Atlantic 10 tournament the No. 1 seed Xavier women's tennis team came up short against the No. 9 seed Charlotte 49ers, 4-3, in the quarterfinals Friday. The Musketeers took the doubles point but were unable to hold off the 49ers in singles play.
In doubles action, the duo of Jill Ducro and Kally Alkire defeated the pair of Gabi Vergara and Anna Ekelund 8-5 in the No. 2 match. The sister tandem of Katie Pleiman and Christie Pleiman earned an 8-1 decision over Kimber Redfern and Andrea Rivera in the No. 3 match to seal the doubles point.
In singles play, however, Charlotte capitalized.
Katie Pleiman defeated Alexandra Zinn 7-5, 6-3 in the No. 1 position and Kaitlyn Zinn took down Candace Cunningham 7-5, 6-2 in the No. 5 match, but Charlotte held on.
Vergara defeated Alkire 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 in the No. 4 match, and Tifanie Treece won the first set of the No. 2 match against Andrea Rivera, but fell 5-7, 6-2, 6-0.
"A very tough loss for our girls. You work so hard all year to compete for a conference title and it is devastating to have our run stopped like this," said Xavier head coach Eric Toth
. "You have to give Charlotte's girls a lot of credit. They had to get through Rhode Island this morning before even playing us. And with our match taking close to eight hours, you have to give it up to their girls for getting it done. I am really proud of the way our girls competed tonight. They laid it on the line all night, but in the end came up short. The reality of this conference is that there are absolutely no freebies from the quarterfinals in and it is very possible to be involved in a match like we were tonight where it can go either way. Unfortunately for us it was not our night. A strong finish is an absolute necessity for us in the consolation round. We have had a solid season and we have a chance for two more victories over strong opponents starting with Duquesne tomorrow."
With the loss, the Musketeers fell to 13-9 on the season. They will face Duquesne in the consolation round Saturday at 10:30 a.m.