Katie Pleiman leads the Musketeers into the tournament opener.
April 17, 2013
CINCINNATI - The Xavier women's tennis team strong overall season and unbeaten record against league opponents have earned it the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic 10 Women's Tennis Championship that begins on Thursday in Charlottesville, Va.
The Musketeers (17-5, 9-0 A-10) will face St. Bonaventure in the first round of the tournament being hosted at the Boar's Head Sports Club. The match begins at noon and will be the second time in a week that Xavier will face the Bonnies (3-16, 1-5 A-10).
In that meeting on Saturday in Olean, N.Y. the Musketeers won 6-1. Xavier was also playing with a modified lineup in that contest.
As a team Xavier has won five-straight matches and has just one loss in its last 11 contests. The Musketeers have played eight one-point contests and have captured six wins in those matches.
Leading Xavier into battle will be a strong one-two punch at the top of its lineup. Katie Pleiman is winding down her illustrious career having posted a 15-5 as XU's No. 1 singles player this year. She did not play last time against the Bonnies.
Alex Brinker is the other formidable singles player, having put together an outstanding freshman campaign. She recently won her fourth A-10 Rookie of the Week award and is currently riding an unprecedented 20-match winning streak. Brinker is 21-1 overall with her only loss coming against a nationally-ranked opponent.
The other members of the Musketeers are also playing strong heading into the 16-seed tournament. Daniella Patton has won five straight and nine of her last 10 contests split over the No. 3 and No. 4 singles positions. Kally Alkire will also be placed into the middle of the lineup and provides seniority.
Lizzie Oosterbaan carries a four-match winning streak and 7-3 record in her last 10 contests. Hoping to return to the singles lineup will be Andrea Wolf who has been sidelined the last few weeks. In her absence Caitlin Lawless and Allyson Westling have stepped in. Lawless has won four-straight contests.
In singles play this spring the Musketeers are 87-49 and have a .500 or better winning percentage in slots one through five.
Doubles play could see a variety of combinations for head coach Eric Toth and his squad. Together Alkire and Pleiman have notched a 10-7 mark as the No. 1 pairs. Other possible combinations could include the likes of Patton, Westling, Brinker, Wolf, Megan Morris or Brooke Dennis.
If Xavier advances it will play the winner of the No. 7/10 seed matchup - Fordham against Duquesne.