Dominguez clinches Xavier sweep of Southern
January 27, 2008
NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana's Yuliem Dominguez defeated
Southern's Kathryn Curtis 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 Sunday to clinch the Gold Nuggets' 5-4 dual-match
victory at the University of New Orleans Wow Café Tennis Center.
Xavier's men defeated Southern 8-1.
Both Xavier teams are 1-1, and both Southern teams are 0-1.
The Lady Jaguars lost two of three doubles matches, then took a 3-2 lead
when Gabrielle Marshall and Bethlehem Workeneh scored singles victories.
Marshall defeated Melissa DeLoatch 6-2, 6-1 at No. 6, and Workeneh beat
Alexandra Broussard 6-0, 6-2 at No. 4. But Xavier won three of the final four
singles matches, with Dominguez rallying to beat Curtis at No. 3 in the final
"That's probably the best match Yuliem has played at Xavier," Nuggets Coach
Alan Green said. "She hung tough. I told our women before the match that
we'd have a dogfight with Southern. We were prepared to go the distance."
Xavier's men didn't need final-match heroics. The Gold Rush won two of three
doubles matches, then swept all six singles matches. The Jaguars scored
their only point when Marlon Gichie and Tyler Chin beat Matthew Walker and
Mikhail Vaval-Desse 8-6 at No. 1 doubles.
Xavier's Vusumzi Kempele improved to 2-0 in singles and doubles. He teamed
with Terry Richardson to beat Kashwayne Nelson and Elvis Espinal 8-3 at No.
3 doubles, then he defeated Nelson 6-3, 6-3 at No. 6 singles.
"Our men were outstanding," Green said. "They were ready to go. They played
well throughout singles and doubles. They played as if they would not be denied."
Also improving to 2-0 in singles and doubles was the Nuggets' Anastesia Opata.
The Washington State transfer teamed with NAIA All-American Dominique Bell to beat
Janelle Mosley and Workeneh 8-1 at No. 1 doubles, then Opata beat Mosley 6-2,
6-2 at No. 1 singles.
It was the second consecutive year that Xavier, an NAIA member, defeated Southern's
men and women in their openers. Southern is an NCAA Division I member.
Xavier will wait nearly three weeks for its next matches. The Rush and Nuggets will
travel to Anaheim, Calif., for matches Feb. 15-17 with Concordia, Azusa Pacific,
Vanguard and Fresno Pacific, all of whom are expected to appear in the first NAIA
top 25 next week.