Xavier sweeps GCAC tennis championships
For immediate release . . . April 13, 2007
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NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana swept the women's and
men's championships for the second time in three years Friday at the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
Tennis Tournament at City Park Tennis Center.
The Gold Nuggets, ranked 21st in the NAIA, defeated Mobile 7-1 to win
the women's championship for the fifth time in six seasons. The Gold
Rush, ranked 25th, beat Spring Hill 6-0 for its second title in three years.
The GCAC also announced all-conference teams. Xavier's Dominique Bell
(women) and Terry Richardson (men) are the players of the year.
Richardson, a junior from Jackson, Miss., has won the award three times.
Xavier's Angelina Callis (women) and Cameron Knowles (men) are the newcomers
of the year. Xavier's Alan Green is coach of the year in both
Also making the women's All-GCAC team are Xavier's Yuliem Dominguez,
Colleen McArthur and Alexandra Broussard in singles. Xavier's teams of
Callis-Dominguez, Bell-McArthur and Broussard-Jihanna Mughnee swept the
All-GCAC doubles awards.
The other All-GCAC women are Mobile's Josey Soares and Maria Aguirre in
On the All-GCAC men's teams are Xavier's Miroslav Vukicevic, Mario
Myles, Cameron Knowles, Vusumzi Kempele and Thomas Fugate in singles. All
three Xavier doubles teams — Richardson-Myles, Knowles-Vukicevic and
Fugate-Kempele — made all-conference. Spring Hill's Brendan Gallagher
was all-conference in singles.
Both Xavier teams qualified for the NAIA Region XIII Tournament, which
will begin next Friday at the University of New Orleans. Spring Hill's
men also qualified.
"We've been waiting two years for this," said Green, whose teams did
not compete during the 2005-06 academic year because of the effects of Hurricane Katrina. "We're
glad the wait is over. Winning conference has been one of our goals. Now
we'll get ready for regionals, give it our best shot and try to qualify
for the national tournament."
The championship matches, scheduled for Saturday, were moved up a day
because of predicted severe weather.
Xavier reached the championship round with a 5-0 women's victory
against Belhaven and a 9-0 men's victory against Tougaloo.
The GCAC championships are Xavier's fourth and fifth of 2006-07. The men's and
women's cross country teams won conference titles in October, and the men's
basketball team earned a share of the regular-season championship in February. The only
team not to win a conference championship was women's basketball, but
the Nuggets finished second and qualifed for a program-record sixth consecutive time for
the NAIA Division I National Tournament.