Gold Rush record first victory against top-10 opponent
March 4, 2011
COSTA MESA, Calif. — The Xavier University of
Louisiana men's tennis team defeated Vanguard 6-3 Friday for its first-ever victory
against an NAIA top-10 opponent.
The Gold Rush (8-2) are ranked 14th, and Vanguard (2-5)
Xavier's women, ranked 22nd, lost 9-0 to fourth-ranked
Zach Taylor, Hassan Abbas and Sean Richardson won in
singles and doubles for the Gold Rush. Taylor defeated Lucas Pereira 6-2, 7-5
at No. 1 singles to clinch the dual.
"It's been a long road to get to this point where we
feel like we belong among the nation's best," eighth-year XU Coach Alan Green
said. "We always felt it but never proved it until today."
Abbas defeated Robin Wagner 7-6 (7-1), 6-1 at No. 2
singles, and Richardson beat Sandro Bucher 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 at No. 5. Amir Rahbar
got the other Gold Rush singles victory when he beat Radek Rosiak 6-1, 6-1.
Taylor and Abbas defeated Pereira and Wagner 8-4 at
No. 1 doubles, and Richardson and Steffen Giles-Osborn gave the Rush a 2-1
lead heading into singles when they defeated Bucher and Nils Iwdal 9-7.
"This was a good win for us," Green said, "but we
still have more work to do."
The XU men, winner of eight of their last nine duals,
will get another shot at a top-10 team when they conclude their trip against
No. 8 Westmont at 2 p.m. PST Monday.
The Gold Nuggets, in their only dual of this trip,
had just four available players. XU's DeLoach sisters played the most competitive
matches. Nicole DeLoach lost 6-2, 6-3 to Anna Valingsten at No. 3 singles, and
Melissa lost 7-5, 6-2 to Ekaterina Gabashvili at No. 4.
Vanguard's women are 4-2, and Xavier is 2-6.