Gold Rush doubly disappointed in loss at William Carey
April 10, 2011
HATTIESBURG, Miss. — William Carey swept
three doubles matches and rolled to a 6-3 victory over Xavier University
of Louisiana in a meeting of ranked NAIA men's tennis teams Sunday.
William Carey's 13th-ranked women defeated Xavier 8-1.
Carey's men (10-8), ranked 19th, avenged a 5-4 loss to the
No. 8 Gold Rush (11-8) from four weeks ago at the AUM Invitational, when Xavier
won two of three doubles matches. Jody Claassen and Thomas Rizk, a 9-8
loser to Zach Taylor and Hassan Abbas in March, won 8-2 against the ITA's 15th-ranked
tandem to give the Crusaders their first point of the dual.
Anton Ivanov and Alvar Ribalta made it 3-0 when they beat Steffen Giles-Osborn and
Sean Richardson 9-8 (7-5), and Claassen clinched at No 1 singles when
Giles-Osborn retired while trailing 5-7, 6-1, 1-0.
Abbas, Amir Rahbar and Richardson won in singles for Xavier.
Abbas rallied to beat Toni Gauta 2-6, 6-1, 7-5 at No. 2,
Rahbar defeated Younes Hidass 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 at No. 4, and Richardson beat
Dominik Kardell 6-2, 6-3 at No. 6. But the Abbas and Rahbar victories came after the dual was decided.
Xavier (3-15) scored its only point of the women's dual
when sisters Melissa and Nicole DeLoach snapped a three-match losing streak by
holding off Anastasia Khabirova and Petra Pesic 8-6 at No. 2.
But the Gold Nuggets again were shorthanded, defaulting the No. 3 doubles and
No. 6 singles matches, and William Carey (12-5) clinched when
Joyce Oliviera defeated Ashley McGill 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5 singles.
Melissa DeLoach lost 6-2, 2-6, 1-0 (10-6) to
Alexandra Kaluza at No. 3 in DeLoach's first singles super-tiebreaker of the season.
Both William Carey teams have four-dual win streaks.
Xavier's men have lost three in a row, and the Gold Nuggets have lost four
straight and 13 of their last 14.
Both Xavier teams will close the regular season
this week — the Gold Rush at Tulane at 3 p.m. Wednesday, the Gold
Nuggets against South Alabama at 11 a.m. Saturday at City Park — then
travel to Chattanooga, Tenn., for an NAIA National Championship qualifying
tournament April 29-30.