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Melissa DeLoach

Melissa DeLoach

     Nuggets advance again to NAIA second round
May 18, 2010

Results

     MOBILE, Ala. — For the second time this postseason, the Xavier University of Louisiana women's tennis team showed its ability to come back.
     The Gold Nuggets trailed 3-1 against Indiana Wesleyan before rallying for a 6-3 victory Tuesday in the opening round of the NAIA National Championship at Copeland-Cox Tennis Center.
     Xavier (17-13), ranked 19th, won its fifth in a row and improved to 5-0 all-time in the first round at nationals. The Nuggets will play top-ranked Auburn Montgomery — the six-time
defending national champion — in the second round at 9 a.m. Wednesday. AUM (18-3) had a first-round bye.
     The Nuggets, 1-13 in regular-season duals when trailing after the doubles matches, dug another hole for themselves when Melissa DeLoach and Ashley McGill lost 8-3 to Courtney Kooyers and Caitlin McGuire, then Carmen Nelson and Colleen McArthur lost 8-2 to Andrea Meyering and Lauren Wilson. The Wildcats (21-4), ranked 17th, took a 3-1 lead after McGuire's 6-0, 6-0 victory against McGill at No. 6 singles.
     "(Indiana Wesleyan) killed us in doubles," Xavier Coach Alan Green said. "It wasn't even close. We were down 5-0 at (the No.) 2 and 3 (flights)."
     All-Americans Anastesia Opata and Angelina Callis started the Xavier comeback with victories at the top two flights. Callis beat Meyering 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 for her eighth consecutive singles victory, then Opata tied the dual with a 6-1, 6-1 decision over Lisa Massey. DeLoach clinched the dual with a 6-1, 6-3 decision against Kooyers at No. 5.
     "DeLoach probably played her best match since she's been at Xavier," Green said of the junior. "She played awesome."
     Carmen Nelson and Colleen McArthur earned Xavier's other singles victories.
     Green said the dual reminded him of the Nuggets' 5-3 victory April 30 against Spring Hill in the semifinals of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament — another comeback from a 3-1 deficit. "It wasn't easy," Green said.

 

 
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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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