Cincinnati St. Xavier Packed With Experience Heading Into Postseason

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Cincinnati St. Xavier Tennis

There are always plenty of expectations when it comes to the
Cincinnati St. Xavier tennis program – and this spring is no different. As the boys' tennis sectional tournaments begin this week, the
Bombers are the state’s top-ranked team in Division I and certainly a
threat to capture their third consecutive state team tournament title
at the end of the month.


There are always plenty of expectations when it comes to the Cincinnati St. Xavier tennis program – and this spring is no different.

As the boys' tennis sectional tournaments begin this week, the Bombers are the state’s top-ranked team in Division I and certainly a threat to capture their third consecutive state team tournament title at the end of the month.

“We are looking forward to the Cincinnati sectional Wednesday and Friday of (this) week,” St. Xavier coach Russ King said.

The Bombers (19-0) will be competing at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason – the site of the annual Western and Southern Financial Group Masters and Women’s Open to be held later this summer.

Senior Patrick Bandy, the Bombers’ No. 1 singles player, has a 15-3 record entering this week.

Bandy, a University of Kentucky recruit, avenged an early-season loss to Middletown’s Patrick Hamning when he won 6-4, 6-4 May 5. He also won a match against Mason’s Chris Hall last week.

King said Bandy, a 2007 state singles runner-up, has been playing well and is looking forward to the postseason. Bandy is the No. 2 seed in the Cincinnati Division I sectional.

Last week, St. Xavier defeated Cincinnati Indian Hill 4-1 May 8. Indian Hill is ranked No. 2 in Division II.

The Bombers are scheduled to play Cincinnati Seven Hills (No. 5 in Division II) on Monday (today).

The Bombers should also be optimistic for doubles this postseason. St. Xavier will have seniors Jonathan Gaffney (Washington and Lee University) and Marc Pretorius (Xavier) as the top doubles team. They are seeded No. 1 in the sectional.

Gaffney was a 2006 state doubles champion with Bandy, while Pretorius was fourth at state as a doubles player in 2005. Gaffney was also a state doubles finalist in 2007.

Also, sophomore Ryan Bandy, a nationally-ranked player in the top 100 is being paired with junior Brad Sena.

They are the No. 3 seed.

“They are very close to Jonathan and Marc in team practice matches,” King said.
Sena made it to the qualifying round of state last season, while Ryan Bandy was injured with a broken arm.

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