Women's Tennis Looks to Take Next Step at A-10 Tourney
April 16, 2009
MONROEVILLE, Pa. - One victory away from advancing to the NCAA Tournament, the Xavier women's tennis team returns to the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship with unfinished business. The No. 3-seeded Musketeers will begin their march when they take on No. 14-seeded La Salle at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the opening round.
Kara Courtney: Courtney has played at the top of the Musketeer lineup all season, reaching the 20-win plateau for the third time in her four seasons with the program. Her 20 wins led the Musketeers, including a 15-6 mark in Flight 1 action during spring dual meets. After earning First Team All-Atlantic 10 honors last season, she will look to cap off a stellar career with the program's first A-10 Championship.
Tifanie Treece: A diverse talent, Treece faces stiff competition each dual meet in the Flight 2 slot. She has struggled against Atlantic 10 competition this season, posting a 1-5 record, but has all the tools to help XU make a run in the tournament. She will certainly pull from last year's experience at the A-10 tournament, when the Musketeers reached the championship game.
Kelsey Kinnard: Another sophomore in the top half of the Xavier lineup, Kinnard has posted 16 singles victories this season, six of which came in Flight 3 action. Kinnard will also be able to use last year's experience to bolster her efforts this time around. She has been at her best when the pressure has been its highest this season, going 7-0 in tournament matches.
Jill Ducro: Ducro has worked her way up the XU lineup this season, winning 19 singles matches to rank second on the team. She has been successful in all three slots in the bottom half of the Musketeer lineup, going 3-1 at the Flight 4 level, 2-0 in the Flight 5 slot and 9-3 as a Flight 6 competitor. She has a 4-1 record in conference action and has posted a 7-3 record in her last 10 matches.
Kaitlyn Zinn: Riding one of the hottest streaks of her career, Zinn has won her last seven singles matches and posted an 8-2 record in her last 10 matches. A prime example of the Musketeers' depth, Zinn has won at each level she has competed at this season: 2-0 in Flight 6, 10-4 in Flight 5 and 3-1 in Flight 4. Overall, Zinn has recorded 18 singles victories, which ranks third on the team.
Jeanette Feider: The other senior bookend to the XU lineup, Feider has recorded a team-best five singles victory in A-10 dual meets. On the season, she has won 15 singles victories, one of five Musketeers to reach the 15-win mark. She has won at all three slots in the bottom half, going 8-5 in Flight 4 action, 1-0 in the Flight 5 slot and 2-1 as a Flight 6 player. Overall, Feider has helped XU compile a 48-18 record in the lower three flights.
Kinnard/Treece: This sophomore duo has become the doubles standard for the Musketeers, posting a team-high 12 victories this season. In Flight 1 competition, the pair has recorded a 6-8 record, while going 2-2 in Flight 2 action. Despite having just a 5-5 record in their last 10 matches, they come in riding a hot streak with three consecutive wins.
Courtney/Feider: Despite a brief split in the middle of the season, this senior pairing has the second-highest win total on the season with a 10-9 overall record. In their one conference match, the duo claimed the win, one of three straight victories to end the season. Early in the season, the senior pairing went 5-3 in tournament play, which will help them in this pressurized situation.
Ducro/Aylin Seyalioglu: This set of juniors has been the most efficient of the Xavier doubles pairings, going 6-1 in dual meets this spring. That success has transferred into conference play, where the duo has won both of its matches. At the Flight 3 level, they have gone 4-1 and have won five straight matches overall.