XU women beat No. 17 Shorter, but XU men lose
April 9, 2009
ROME, Ga. — The Xavier University of Louisiana
women's tennis team defeated Shorter 5-0 Thursday for its third victory of the
season against a ranked NAIA opponent.
Shorter's 15th-ranked men defeated 13th-ranked Xavier
5-1 to snap the five-match winning streak of the Gold Rush.
The Gold Nuggets (14-5), ranked 16th,
beat the 17th-ranked Lady Hawks (9-6) for the second time in a month.
In a matchup of ranked doubles teams, Xavier's No. 10 Angelina Callis and
Anastesia Opata defeated No. 22 Emmanuelle DeBeaucoudrey and Danielle
Callis, ranked 49th in singles, clinched the dual
with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Monteith.
"Normally our women work their way into a dual match,"
said Alan Green, coach of Xavier's women and men. "But today they started
the match with a lot of intensity and maintained it. They kept it going and
closed Shorter out pretty quickly."
The Gold Nuggets are 3-0 against Shorter the past two seasons.
Xavier's men dropped to 0-4 against Shorter the past
three seasons. Freshman Sean Richardson scored the only Gold Rush point at No.
6 singles with his 6-3, 6-2 victory over Jordan Hubbard. Remi Bourrat
clinched the dual with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Mikhail Vaval at No. 2 singles.
"You get down 3-0 in doubles in NAIA scoring rules,
and that's just too big a deficit to expect your singles lineup to overcome,"
Green said. "We came out flat and stayed flat throughout doubles.
"But hats off to Shorter — they took it to us."
Shorter (10-6) won for the fourth time in five duals
and snapped the five-match winning streak of Xavier (13-5).
Both Xavier teams will play Union (Ky.) at 2 p.m. EDT
Friday at nearby Mount Berry, Ga. Union's men are No. 10 in the NAIA, and the
women are 22nd.