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Mario Myles

Mario Myles

     XU rallies past Tennessee Wesleyan at nationals
May 19, 2010


     MOBILE, Ala. — Seniors Mario Myles and Cameron Knowles won three-set singles matches, and Mikhail Vaval scored points in doubles and singles to help the Xavier University of Louisiana men's tennis team defeat Tennessee Wesleyan 5-3 in the opening round of the NAIA National Championship.
     The dual was completed Wednesday morning after being suspended Tuesday because of rain.
     The Gold Rush (13-13), ranked 16th, won at the national tournament for the second consecutive season. Xavier will play top-ranked and defending champion Fresno Pacific in the second round at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Fresno Pacific (18-1) had a first-round bye.
     Xavier trailed Tennessee Wesleyan 2-1 after the doubles matches, which were completed Tuesday. Hassan Abbas put the Rush ahead to stay at 3-2 when he defeated Giovanni Santos 7-5, 6-3 at No. 2 singles. Knowles made it 4-2 after beating Tanner Stancil 7-6 (7-4), 0-6, 6-2 at No. 6, and Myles clinched the dual with his 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 decision against Cody Gaby at No. 3.
     Knowles won in singles for the first time since March 20. He missed nine consecutive duals because of a knee injury but returned May 1 to score in doubles in Xavier's 5-1 victory over William Carey in the championship match of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament.
     Vaval and Steffen Giles-Osborn teamed for an 8-5 victory over Gaby and Santos at No. 1 doubles, and Vaval defeated Guilherme Cervezao 6-3, 6-4 at No. 4 singles.
     Eric Chastain won in doubles and singles for Tennessee Wesleyan (11-5), ranked 17th and competing at nationals for the first time. Chastain and Stancil fought off a match point in the tiebreaker at No. 3 doubles to beat Knowles and Sean Richardson 9-8 (9-7).
     Xavier will play Fresno Pacific for the second time this season. The Sunbirds defeated the Rush 8-1 on March 30 at Azusa, Calif.


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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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