Gold Rush beats Jackson State for 6th consecutive victory
February 21, 2010
JACKSON, Miss. — Xavier University of Louisiana,
ranked 14th in the NAIA, defeated NCAA Division I opponent Jackson State 7-0
in a men's tennis match Sunday at Tennis Center South.
The victory capped a 6-0 February — all road
matches — for the Gold Rush (6-1), which won't play again until March 4.
It was Xavier's fourth victory in five days.
Playing without junior Mikhail Vaval, who was ill,
Xavier won every set but one in a dual scored under NAIA rules. The doubles
teams of Steffen Giles-Osborn - Hassan Abbas and Mario Myles-Sean Richardson
gave Xavier a 2-0 lead. Richardson clinched the dual when he defeated Sergio
Salinas 6-2, 6-0 at No. 4 singles.
"We went out there shorthanded because Vaval was sick
and couldn't make the trip," Xavier Coach Alan Green said. "But we played as a
team and really fought and pulled for each other."
Jackson State had five available players too, so there
was no competition at No. 3 doubles or No. 6 singles.
The only singles match that went to a third set was
Mario Myles' 6-0, 2-6, 6-3 victory over Navneetha Bhaskaran at the No. 3 flight.
Abbas extended his singles winning streak to 12 with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over
Vishesh Bhatia at No. 2.
Giles-Osborn and Cameron Knowles recorded Xavier's
other singles victories.
"Although we won all the courts, it was a tough match,"
Green said. "This was not an easy win for us, but we need days like this."
Xavier has nine dual victories in three seasons
against NCAA D-I opponents.