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Xavier sweeps titles, makes history at GCAC Tournament
April 24, 2009

Men's Results:  Spring Hill    Mobile
Women's Results:  Belhaven    Mobile

     MOBILE, Ala. — Xavier University of Louisiana won the men's and women's tennis championships Friday at the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament, and both teams earned automatic bids in next month's NAIA National Championships.
     The Gold Rush, 16-6 and 18th in the NAIA coaches poll, defeated Mobile 6-0 to win the men's title for the third consecutive year and become the first HBCU to qualify for the men's national tournament since the event went to a dual-match format in 2000. The No. 15 Gold Nuggets (18-6) beat Mobile 7-1 to win their sixth title in eight years and earn their fourth bid to nationals and their second in a row.
     Xavier's Terry Richardson and Anastesia Opata were named GCAC players of the year after rallying to win No. 1 singles matches in the finals. Richardson, a senior who also won the men's award in 2007, defeated Ale Vial 3-6, 6-1, 6-0. Opata, a junior, scored the final four points of her match to beat Claudia Borges 3-6, 6-0, 1-0 (10-8).
     XU freshman Steffen Giles-Osborn was selected men's Newcomer of the Year, and XU's Alan Green won the men's and women's Coach of the Year awards.
     The team titles give Xavier a school-record four teams which qualified for NAIA National Championships in the same academic year. XU's men's and women's cross country teams qualified for nationals in November. During the past four seasons Xavier teams combined to win 17 GCAC team championships and qualify for 12 NAIA national tourneys.
     Xavier's women, who lost 5-4 to Mobile in the 2008 final, reached the championship round with a 7-0 victory over Belhaven. The Gold Rush defeated Spring Hill 6-0 in a men's semifinal which include five matches won without losing a game.
     Both Xavier teams have six-match winning streaks and are 5-0 in the GCAC. The Nuggets (6-2), ranked 18th in the NAIA, have won 50 consecutive GCAC regular-season matches, and the 15th-ranked Rush (6-1) has won 34 straight.

         2009 GCAC Tennis Tournament

First Round
Spring Hill 7, Tougaloo 2

Mobile 5, Belhaven 1
Xavier 6, Spring Hill 0

Xavier 6, Mobile 0

First Round
Belhaven 6, Tougaloo 3

Mobile 5, Spring Hill 4
Xavier 7, Belhaven 0

Xavier 7, Mobile 1

Xavier's GCAC
Tennis Championships
Men (4)


Women (6)


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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