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Gold Rush defeats NAIA No. 25 Oklahoma Christian
For immediate release . . . March 22, 2007

MOBILE, Ala. — The Xavier University of Louisiana men's tennis team defeated NAIA No. 25 Oklahoma Christian 5-0 Thursday for its first victory of the season against a ranked opponent.

Mario Myles clinched the Gold Rush victory with a 6-4, 7-5 decision over Adalid Martinez, the NAIA's 33rd-ranked singles player. Myles and Terry Richardson defeated 16th-ranked Travis Truax and Derek Viljoen 8-2 in doubles.

Three singles matches were not completed because of Oklahoma Christian's schedule — the Eagles (2-9) played Spring Hill during the afternoon, then will travel Friday for more matches this weekend — and a fourth match never started.

"This was a big win for us," Xavier Coach Alan Green said. "It was importanrt for us to set the tone and come out strong in doubles. Oklahoma Christian is very good in doubles, and I was proud of the way we played and how we beat them. It was good to see Mario close his match and got everybody off the court. That's his biggest win of the season."

Xavier (7-6) has consecutive victories for the first time since Feb. 10. Both Xavier teams will resume competition on Thursday, March 29 in the Small College Blue-Gray Tournament at Montgomery, Ala.

Results:
Men
Xavier 5, Oklahoma Christian 0
At Mobile, Ala. (University of Mobile)
Singles
No. 1 — Terry Richardson (XU) vs. Juraj Surovy (OC) 1-6, 6-3, 1-3, did not finish.
No. 2 — Miroslav Vukicevic (XU) vs. Derek Viljoen (OC), did not start.
No. 3 — Mario Myles (XU) d. Adalid Martinez (OC) 6-4, 7-5.
No. 4 — Cameron Knowles (XU) vs. Travis Truax (OC) 5-7, 1-3, did not finish.
No. 5 — Vusumzi Kempele (XU) d. Ryan Stephenson (OC) 6-2, 7-6 (7-0).
No. 6 — Thomas Fugate (XU) vs. Zack Lee (OC), 1-2, did not finish.

Doubles
No. 1 — Mario Myles-Terry Richardson (XU) d. Travis Truax-Derek Viljoen (OC) 8-2.
No. 2 — Miroslav Vukicevic-Cameron Knowles (XU) d. Adalid Martinez-Juraj Surovy (OC) 8-3.
No. 3 — Vusumzi Kempele-Thomas Fugate (XU) d. Zack Lee-Ryan Stephenson (OC) 8-5.

 

 
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