February 10, 2012

Vikings Claim First Victory Of The 2012 Season Against Xavier

Feb. 10, 2012

Contact: Renee Adam

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CLEVELAND, Ohio - Behind three singles victories from Yannick Goossens, Nolan Marks and Matt Ford, the Cleveland State men's tennis team earned its first victory of the season, as the Vikings earned a 4-3 win over Xavier Friday night.

"Overall the men played a solid match tonight, finally picking up their first victory of the season," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "We had great crowd support there tonight, as 161 people came out to watch the match and they definitely helped us in a close match against Xavier."

The Vikings picked up the first point of the night, as they claimed two out of the three doubles matches. At No. 1 doubles, Ali Shabib and Marks earned an 8-5 victory over Mesa Mei and Jimmy Roebker, while the No. 2 duo of Goossens and Ben Shklyar earned an 8-4 win over Philip Diaz and Brandon MacDonald.

"Both the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams were newly formed, so it was great to see them play so well together and be able to pick up our first doubles point of the season," Etzkin said. "It was nice to be able to get the first point of the match and build on that."

The Musketeers came back to take a 2-1 lead after claiming the first two singles matches, before Goossens evened the score at 2-2 with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 win at No. 3 singles. Xavier reclaimed the lead on the following match, but the Vikings closed the contest strong, earning the final two victories of the night.

"Yannick, who played in his first match of the season tonight, had a good match considering that he is coming back from an injury," Etzkin said. "He got us a key win and definitely led the team as a senior on the court."

Marks earned a 6-4, 7-6 win at No. 5 singles over Michael Moe to tie the contest at 3-3. Once again, Ford was able to post the clinching point, claiming a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 victory at No. 6 singles to earn the victory for Cleveland State.

The Vikings return to the road next weekend, as they travel to St. Bonaventure on Saturday, February 18 and Buffalo on Sunday, February 19.

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