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Xavier men win GCAC tennis championship again
April 11, 2008

Men's results vs. Belhaven and Mobile
Women's results vs. Tougaloo and Mobile

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.


Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics

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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