Xavier men win GCAC tennis championship again
April 11, 2008
Men's results vs.
Women's results vs.
RIDGELAND, Miss. — Xavier University of Louisiana's men's tennis team, ranked 24th in the NAIA,
defeated Mobile 5-1 Friday to win the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament for the third consecutive time.
In the women's final, Mobile upset 14th-ranked Xavier 5-4 to end the Gold Nuggets' streak of five consecutive GCAC championships.
Terry Richardson, Cameron Knowles, Mikhail Vaval-Desse, Mario Myles and Vusumzi Kempele scored
straight-set singles victories for the Gold Rush (13-8), which has a six-match winning streak and won
12 of its past 15 matches. The lone Xavier loss came at No. 1 singles, when Alejandro Vial defeated
Miroslav Vukicevic 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in a match that determined the GCAC men's Player of ther Year award.
The victory clinched for the Gold Rush a berth in the NAIA Region XIII Tournament at
Mount Berry, Ga., on April 25-26.
Xavier had a first-round bye, then lost two games in five completed matches during a 5-0
semifinal victory over Belhaven.
The Gold Rush also won the GCAC tourney in 2007 and 2005. Xavier did not field a team in 2006 due to the effects
of Hurricane Katrina.
Xavier's women had never lost a GCAC regular-season match — 45 in a row — or a GCAC Tournament
match since Alan Green became the coach in the 2002-03 academic year. But the Lady Rams, who lost 5-3 and
5-4 to the Gold Nuggets during the regular season, won four of the final five matches to win the tournament
for the second time in three years and avenge a 7-1 loss to Xavier in the 2007 final. Mobile won the
tournament in 2006 during Xavier's hiatus.
Mobile's Michelle Machen and Camilla Hovden clinched the championship with an 8-6 victory over Alexandra
Broussard and Melissa DeLoach at No. 3 singles. Machen and Hovden are 3-0 this season against Broussard
and DeLoach, winning each time by two games.
The loss snapped the Nuggets' six-match win streak and was their second in 14 matches.
Xavier (14-6) had a first-round bye and defeated Tougaloo 5-0 in the semifinals. The Nuggets
lost two games in their five completed matches against Tougaloo. Colleen McArthur defeated
Jasmine Woods 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4 singles and teamed with Yuliem Dominguez for an 8-0 victory over Woods
and Charity Foster at No. 2 doubles.
Rain pushed back the tournament's start from 9 a.m. to noon. There was a second rain delay during
the afternoon, which resulted in the two championship matches starting at approximately 8 p.m.
The Xavier-Mobile women's match ended after 1 a.m.
Xavier will stay on the road and play its final regular-season matches at 10 a.m. Saturday against
Jackson State at Tennis Center South in Jackson, Miss.