Xavier teams defeat Loyola on City Park's new courts
March 25, 2011
NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana,
in the first collegiate matches on the newly dedicated hard courts at City Park
Tennis Center, defeated city rival Loyola 6-3 in the women's dual and 9-0 in the
men's dual Friday.
The Gold Nuggets (3-11) snapped a nine-dual losing streak,
and the Gold Rush (11-5), ranked eighth in the NAIA, have won two straight and three of four.
The City Park courts were dedicated Thursday, and Xavier
will play all remaining home matches there this season.
XU's women again defaulted the No. 3 doubles and No. 6
singles matches because of an incomplete roster but won six of the seven completed
matches. Carmen Nelson snapped her 10-match singles losing streak by defeating
Loyola's Katie Beargie 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2. Nicole DeLoach clinched the dual by
beating Cristiana Krtalic 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4.
Nelson and the DeLoach sisters won in singles and doubles.
Melissa DeLoach did not lose a game; she and Nicole DeLoach defeated Frances Bonnin
and Beargie 8-0 at No. 2 doubles, then Melissa beat Bonnin 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles.
Loyola's women (1-6) have lost six in a row, and the men
(1-5) have lost five in a row. The Wolfpack's lone victory in a non-forfeited
match was Claire Landry's 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-7) decision against Amber Brown at No.
1. Brown, a freshman, is 0-4 in third-set super-tiebreakers this season.
Xavier's men dropped four games in nine matches and
lost their fewest games in six completed singles matches (two) since Feb. 23, 2008,
against Belhaven. Zach Taylor's 6-0, 6-0 decision against Joshua Laviolette at No. 2
clinched the dual, and teammates Hassan Abbas, Sean Richardson, Amir Rahbar and
Jonathan Aubrey also won 6-0, 6-0. Richardson didn't drop a game in the dual; he
and Steffen Giles-Osborn won 8-0 at No. 2 doubles against Jordan Hunting and Laviolette.
Both Xavier teams will play Auburn Montgomery — whose
men are ranked third and women fourth in the NAIA — at 4 p.m. Saturday at
City Park. AUM's men are the defending NAIA champion. Xavier's Sunday duals at the
University of New Orleans were postponed by mutual agreement and will be rescheduled