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Xavier wins tennis duals against Grambling
February 25, 2009

Results:  Men    Women

     BAKER, La. — Xavier University of Louisiana, ranked 17th in the NAIA, defeated NCAA Division I opponent Grambling 9-0 Wednesday in a women's tennis match at Greenwood Park Tennis Center.
     It was the seventh consecutive victory for the Gold Nuggets (7-2) — their longest streak in three seasons — and the sixth consecutive dual in which they did not lose a set.
     Xavier's 15th-ranked men, despite losing singles matches at two of the top three flights, defeated Grambling 7-2. NAIA scoring rules were used in both duals.
     Anastesia Opata, No. 22 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's NAIA preseason women's singles rankings, defeated Maia Semerdjieva 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 singles. Opata and Angelina Callis beat Semerdjiva and Malaina Davis 8-3 at No. 1 doubles.
     The closest women's match was at No. 4 singles, where Jihanna Mughnee beat Davis 7-6 (7-0), 7-6 (7-5).
     The Lady Tigers had five available players and defaulted matches at No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles.
     In the men's dual, Xavier's Terry Richardson and Steffen Giles-Osborn both earned their team-leading eighth singles victories of 2008-09. Richardson beat Ceron Rolle 6-4, 6-2 at No. 2, and Giles-Osborn, a freshman, defeated Ryan Charles 6-3, 6-3 at No. 4.
     Grambling scored its points in singles when Nicolas Rufiyikiri defeated Mike Green 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 and Anton Belikov beat Mikhail Vaval 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 1-0 (10-4) at No. 3.
     The Gold Rush is 7-2. Both Xavier teams have two victories this season against Division I opponents.
     "Our women just played solid from top to bottom," Xavier coach Alan Green said. "It was good for our men to get back on the court as quickly as possible after losing Sunday. Today they did a better job being more assertive."
     Both Xavier teams will play next on March 6 at the University of New Orleans. Grambling will remain in the Baton Rouge area and begin play Friday in the Southwestern Athletic Conference Roundup.

 

 
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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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