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2008 NAIA Region XIII Tennis Tournament
Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26
at Richards Tennis Complex, Mount Berry, Ga.
Host: Berry University

  National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Women's Division
(times Central Daylight)
First Round — Friday, April 25
#3 Brenau (11-10) vs. #6 Shorter (12-7), 7:30 a.m.
#4 Mobile (12-4) vs #5 Xavier (15-6), 7:30 a.m.

Semifinals — Friday, April 25
Brenau-Shorter winner at #2 Berry (15-5), noon
Mobile-Xavier winner vs. #1 Auburn Montgomery (26-0), noon

Championship — Saturday, April 26
Semifinal winners, 8 a.m.
    Men's Division
(times Central Daylight)
First Round — Friday, April 25
#3 Shorter (13-5) vs. #6 Mobile (9-5), 9:30 a.m.
#4 Lee (Tenn.) (6-5) vs #5 Xavier (14-8), 9:30 a.m.

Semifinals — Friday, April 25
Shorter-Mobile winner at #2 Berry (10-8), 2:30 p.m.
Lee-Xavier winner vs. #1 Auburn Montgomery (21-1), 2:30 p.m.

Championship — Saturday, April 26
Semifinal winners, noon

Xavier tennis teams take their next shots at regionals
April 22, 2008
Times are Central Daylight — tournament site is on Eastern Daylight Time, one hour ahead of New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS — Since Alan Green became the coach of the men's and women's tennis teams at Xavier University of Louisiana in 2002, neither the Gold Rush nor the Gold Nuggets has failed to qualify for the NAIA Region XIII Tournament.

Xavier will extend that streak on Friday, when the Rush and Nuggets each make their fifth consecutive appearance in the regional tournament. Both tournaments have six teams, and Xavier is seeded fifth in both. Berry University's Richards Tennis Complex in Mount Berry, Ga. — about 75 miles northwest of Atlanta — is the site of both tourneys.

The Gold Rush (14-8), which earned an automatic bid to the regional by winning the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament, will play fourth-seeded Lee (Tenn.) (6-5) in the first round at 9:30 a.m. CDT Friday (10:30 EDT at Mount Berry). The Gold Nuggets (15-6), who lost 5-4 to Mobile in the GCAC Tournament final, will get a first-round rematch with the fourth-seeded Lady Rams (12-4) at 7:30 a.m. CDT Friday.

Both Xavier teams also hope to end a streak Friday. Neither has won a match in the regional tournament.

For Xavier's women, a victory Friday could ease the sting of that April 11 loss to Mobile in the GCAC final — the Nuggets had won 14 straight against the Lady Rams before that match — and of 5-4 first-round regional losses to Brenau in 2007 and Spring Hill in 2004.

Had the weather cooperated, Xavier's men would be playing Lee for the second time this season. But their March 19 match at Berry was rained out, and it was the only rainout of Xavier's five-match spring-break trip. Lee, a men's regional runner-up in 2007 and 2005, defeated the Gold Rush 5-2 in the 2005 opening round.

In the NAIA coaches polls, Xavier's women are ranked 21st, and the men are 24th. Lee's men are 16th, and Mobile's women are 18th. But neither Lee's men nor Mobile's women has any players in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, and Xavier has six. Miroslav Vukicevic is seventh and Terry Richardson 35th in the men's singles rankings, which were released Monday, and Anastesia Opata is 17th and Dominique Bell 26th in the women's singles rankings, which were announced Thursday. The Nuggets have two ranked doubles teams; Bell and Opata are ninth, and Yuliem Dominguez and Colleen McArthur are 21st. Bell and Opata's top-10 ranking is the first for Xavier in women's doubles.

Should the Gold Nuggets defeat Mobile, they'll play four-time defending national and regional champion Auburn Montgomery in the semifinals at noon Friday. AUM's Lady Senators are 26-0, ranked first and have a 35-match winning streak. A Gold Rush victory over Lee also would put Xavier's men in the semifinals against Auburn Montgomery at 2:30 p.m. Friday. AUM's men are 21-1 and ranked first, and they're a two-time defending national champion and a four-time defending regional champ.

The championship matches will be played Saturday at 8 a.m. (women) and noon (men). Regional winners will receive automatic bids to the NAIA National Championship on May 12-16 at Mobile, Ala., and at least 11 men's and 11 women's at-large bids will be available. Xavier's women, despite first-round regional losses in 2004 and 2005, won first-round matches at the national tournament those same years after earning at-large bids.

 

 
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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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