The mens tennis team, meanwhile, opened its season over the weekend with a 4-2 win over visiting Northern Kentucky University on Sunday afternoon. And the cross country teams opened their seasons under new head coach Steve Nester with strong performances at the Otterbein College Cardinal Invitational. The womens team finished in first place out of three teams, while the mens team placed second out of three teams, narrowly missing a first place finish by six points. Seniors Jennie Illig and Molly Krumpelbeck led the womens team in placing first and second respectively. Drew LaMaster was the top performer on the mens team, finishing second overall and beating his previous best 8K race time by four seconds with a time of 26:12.
Also, the mens soccer team dropped a pair of games, including its home opener on Sunday against Cleveland State University, 2-0. Combined with the 7-0 loss to Wright State on Friday, the team fell to 0-6 on the season. It was also the sixth shutout loss for Xavier in as many games this season, setting a school record for consecutive shutouts suffered.
The volleyball team also suffered a pair of losses over the weekend in the University of Florida Hilton Classic. The team was swept by No. 20 Minnesota in the opening match on Friday and then swept by Florida A&M University on Saturday. The team is now 5-3 on the season.