Women's Tennis Picks Up Win Over Cleveland State

Alex Brinker won her seventh match with a three-set victory.

Alex Brinker won her seventh match with a three-set victory.

Feb. 15, 2013

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CINCINNATI -The Xavier women's tennis team won all three doubles matches and five singles matches to defeat Cleveland State, 6-1, giving the Musketeers a two-match winning streak heading into their trip to Hawaii.

The Musketeers improve to 7-2 overall with the victory and won't return to the court until Feb. 27 when it play Hawaii in Honolulu.

"Today was a great team win. It is always nice when the team comes together and plays well, especially considering we lost to the same team 4-3 last year," said senior Katie Pleiman. "It shows that our hard work is paying off and we are excited to build upon this for the rest of the season."

Freshman Alex Brinker was pushed to three sets for just the second time this spring against Mathilde Orange. She lost a tight first set and came back to take the final two for her seventh-singles victory in a row.

Pleiman took a first quick set and followed it with a tight decision in the second to defeat Alexandra Bush at the No. 1 singles spot. Sophomore Daniella Patton slid past Maria Lazaris in a quick second set to earn the win at No. 3 singles.

Senior Kally Alkire ran past Ellen Folkers at the No. 4 singles spot and sophomore Lizzie Oosterbaan collected a win over Mengdi Liu at the six singles position.

Andrea Wolf was defeated in her No. 5 singles match to Nicole Janek.

Xavier started off the match winning all three doubles matches and capturing the point for the sixth time in seven matches. It was also the second-straight time the Musketeers swept their doubles matches.

Alkire and Pleiman led from start to finish at No. 1 doubles to beat Lazaris and Janek, 8-5. The No. 2 and 3 doubles teams started off behind but rallied to pick up decisive wins.

Brinker paired with Westling at No. 2 to defeat Orange and Folkers, 8-3, while Wolf and Patton took down Bush and Liu, 8-2.

Xavier 6, Cleveland State 1

Singles competition
1. Katie Pleiman (XU) def. Alexandra Bush (CSU) 6-1, 7-5
2. Alex Brinker (XU) def. Mathilde Orange (CSU) 5-7, 6-2, 6-4
3. Daniella Patton (XU) def. Maria Lazaris (CSU) 6-4, 6-1
4. Kally Alkire (XU) def. Ellen Folkers (CSU) 6-2, 6-4
5. Nicole Janek (CSU) def. Andrea Wolf (XU) 6-4, 6-3
6. Lizzie Oosterbaan (XU) def. Mengdi Liu (CSU) 6-3, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Kally Alkire/Katie Pleiman (XU) def. Maria Lazaris/Nicole Janek (CSU) 8-5
2. Alex Brinker/Allyson Westling (XU) def. Mathilde Orange/Ellen Folkers (CSU) 8-3
3. Andrea Wolf/Daniella Patton (XU) def. Alexandra Bush/Mengdi Liu (CSU) 8-2

Match Notes:
Cleveland State 1-5
Xavier 7-2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,4,3,1,2,5)
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