Musketeers Go Out With a Win at A-10 Tournament
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior co-captains Stephanie Bauer and Lauren Clary each posted singles wins on Sunday afternoon in leading the Xavier University women’s tennis team to a 4-3 win over Temple University in the third place match of the 2005 Atlantic 10 Conference Women’s Tennis Championship at the Tennis Center at College Park.
Xavier grabbed the first point of the match by winning a hotly contested doubles point. Kristen Clary and Sarah Potts got the Musketeers off to a great start as the junior duo cruised to an 8-2 win over Jennifer Goeta and Lauren Verrall. Temple then pulled even in doubles play on court No. 1 where XU’s Bauer and Lauren Clary were knocked off by Ana Maslesa and Yuri Kurashima. On court No. 2, Alicia Papa and Jackie Vilines were able to stave off a match point and came back to post a 9-7 win over Sharanya Pattabi and Laura Seiverling to capture the deciding match in the doubles point.
The strength at the top of the Musketeers’ singles lineup paid off on Sunday as XU recorded wins at the first through third positions to earn the dual win over the Owls. Lauren Clary picked up the first singles win for XU with a straight-set defeat of Maslesa at No. 1. Clary improves to 31-5 on the season and ends her career at Xavier with a mark of 115-25 (.821).
At the second position, Bauer also closed her career with a victory as the senior posted a three-set win over Verrall, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. Bauer closes out the season with a record of 23-14 and is now No. 2 on the all-time singles wins list at Xavier with a career record of 88-46 (.657).
Kristen Clary picked up the deciding win for the Musketeers on court No. 2 with a 7-6 (5), 6-2 defeat of Kurashima. Clary closes the season with a mark of 27-8 and is within striking distance of Bauer’s 88 wins as the junior now owns a career record of 83-21 (.798).
The Musketeers end the season with a 17-7 record including a 5-1 mark against A-10 opponents. XU’s 17-7 records is the 15th straight winning season and Xavier has now finished in the top four of the Atlantic 10 Conference for five consecutive seasons.