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
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.
Xavier 5, Mobile 4
At City Park Tennis Center
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.
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.