Last Friday the Dukes competed in their first A10 match of the season. Coach Camillo’s Duquesne Dukes, took on conference rival The Xavier Musketeers. With tensions high and reputations on the line, the Dukes #3 doubles team made up of Ben Klaas and Richard Robbie took the first doubles match 8-3. Xavier responded quickly taking an 8-2 victory at the number one spot over Duquesne’s Alex Aleman and Peter Carpenter. The deciding match came down to court two; the team of Max Rubin and Corey Robinson came up short losing the deciding match in a heart-breaking tiebreaker.
After claiming the doubles point, Xavier went on to claim six singles victories over the men from Duquesne. Duquesne’s Peter Carpenter and Corey Robinson had match points in their three set battles but were unable to secure a win for the Dukes. In the #5 spot, Junior Max Rubin also had opportunities in a disappointing three set loss to Xavier’s Michael Moe.
Overall it was a great competition between the two teams; however Xavier was the victor as they claimed a 7-0 win over Duquesne. Sophomore #1 singles player Richard Robbie summed up the match, “We competed very well today. There was some great tennis on both sides of the spectrum and overall, this match showed us that we need to work even harder in than we are now.” The Dukes resume play this weekend with away matches against St. Bonaventure and Buffalo.