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Walker wins 2 titles at HBCU Championships
For immediate release . . . September 29, 2007

ATLANTA — Xavier University's Matthew Walker won a pair of men's titles Saturday in the HBCU National Tennis Championships at Sugar Creek Tennis Center, and Xavier won its first women's team championship in this event.

Walker, a sophomore from Charlotte N.C., defeated Florida A&M's Boris Jenkins 8-3 to win the B-flight singles consolation championship. Walker and Mikhail Vaval-Desse won the B-flight doubles title after beating FAMU's Michael Moore and Maurice Wamukowa 9-8 (7-3) in the semifinals and Alcorn State's Aziz Abdurazzakov and Yannick Hawkins 8-6 in the final.

Xavier edged Southern University and Alcorn for the women's team title, which was determined by the number of match victories. Xavier finished second in the men's team standings, behind FAMU and ahead of third-place Hampton. Fifteen men's teams and 16 women's teams competed.

"It was a great tournament for our men and women," fifth-year Xavier Coach Alan Green said. "Both teams looked good and conducted themselves well. Not only was this our first women's team title here, it was also the highest our men have finished."

In A-flight women's doubles, Xavier's Yuliem Dominguez and Colleen McArthur lost 8-4 in the championship match to Southern's Megan Wiltz and Kathryn Curtis.

Dominguez and McArthur defeated Bethune-Cookman's Shaunda Gaiter and Chanetra Brown 8-1 in the semifinals. Xavier's Dominique Bell and Anastesia Opata lost 8-6 to Bethune-Cookman's Monika Musilova and Jenice Ward in the semifinals of the women's doubles A-flight.

The event was the second of two in the fall semester for Xavier. The Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets will resume their schedules in January with dual matches.


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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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