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Gold Nuggets clinch No. 1 seed for GCAC Tournament
For immediate release . . . April 3, 2007

NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana's women's tennis team, ranked 11th in the NAIA, defeated Mobile 5-4 Tuesday at City Park Tennis Center to clinch the No. 1 seed for next week's Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament.

Freshman Angelina Callis clinched the Gold Nuggets' fifth point of the dual with a 7-5, 6-1 decision against Josey Soares at No. 1 singles. Callis trailed 5-3 before saving a set point and winning 10 of the final 11 games.

Yuliem Dominguez, Colleen McArthur and Jihanna Mughnee also won singles matches for Xavier (11-6 overall, 6-0 GCAC) by a combined score of 36-6. Callis and Dominguez defeated Maria Aguirre and Lindsey McDaniel 8-2 at No. 1 doubles.

Mobile earned forfeits at No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles because Xavier's Dominique Bell missed her fifth consecutive match following her brother's death. Coach Alan Green said Bell will return to campus before the Nuggets' final regular-season matches next week.

Mobile (10-4, 5-3) also got points at No. 2 doubles, when Soares and Pam Boykin rallied to defeat McArthur and Mughnee 9-7, and from Aguirre's 6-4, 6-2 victory against Alexandra Broussard at No. 5 singles.

"I was very proud of the way we played," Green said. "When we were down 3-1 after the doubles and the singles forfeit, I was worried. But our ladies fought hard in the top four singles matches and won it fairly convincingly to erase my doubts."

Xavier will play Belhaven or Tougaloo in the GCAC Tournament semifinals at 3 p.m. on April 13 at City Park. Mobile will be the No. 2 seed and play No. 3 Spring Hill at 9 a.m. that day in the other semifinal. The championship match is scheduled for 10 a.m. on April 14, and the winner will receive an automatic bid to the NAIA Region XIII Tournament at the University of New Orleans on April 20-22.

On April 12, the day before the GCAC Tournament, Xavier's men and women will close the regular season with conference makeup matches against Belhaven at 10 a.m. and Tougaloo at 2 p.m. at City Park.

Results:
Women
Xavier 5, Mobile 4
At City Park Tennis Center
Singles
No. 1 — Angelina Callis (XU) d. Josey Soares (M) 7-5, 6-1.
No. 2 — Yuliem Dominguez (XU) d. Pam Boykin (M) 6-0, 6-1.
No. 3 — Colleen McArthur (XU) d. Lindsey McDaniel (M) 6-1, 6-1.
No. 4 — Jihanna Mughnee (XU) d. Michelle Machen (M) 6-0, 6-3.
No. 5 — Maria Aguirre (M) d. Alexandra Broussard (XU) 6-4, 6-2.
No. 6 — Camilla Hovden (M) won by forfeit.

Doubles
No. 1 — Angelina Callis-Yuliem Dominguez (XU) d. Maria Aguirre-Lindsey McDaniel (M) 8-2.
No. 2 — Josey Soares-Pam Boykin (M) d. Colleen McArthur-Jihanna Mughnee (XU) 9-7.
No. 3 — Michelle Machen-Camilla Hovden (M) won by forfeit.

Records: Xavier 11-6 overall, 6-0 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference; Mobile 10-4, 5-3.

 

 
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The Xavier Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets compete in Division I of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Xavier fields men's and women's teams in basketball, cross country and tennis.

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