XU wins 10 of 11 in singles at HBCU Championships
September 22, 2011
JONESBORO, Ga. — Xavier UniversIty of Louisiana's
men's and women's tennis teams won 10 of 11 singles matches Thursday in the
HBCU National Championships. Five players — Jordyn Goody, Kourtney Howell
and Amanda Materre on the women's team and Loic Didavi and Viktor Svoboda on the
men's — opened their XU careers with victories.
Xavier, an NAIA member, won all eight of its matches
against NCAA Division I.
Howell defeated Alcorn State's Keti Mebuke 6-2, 0-6, 1-0
(10-3) to reach the A-flight quarterfinals. Materre beat Hampton's Tabita Daolo
7-5, 6-0 in the B-flight, Goody beat Savannah State's Ge'Anne Hilton 6-2,
6-0 in the C-flight.
Didavi and Taylor, both second-team All-Americans this
past season, both reached the men's A-flight semifinals. Didavi defeated Bluefield
State's Piotr Kruk 6-1, 6-3 and Alcorn's Ernesto Santillian 6-1, 6-2. Taylor beat
North Carolina Central's Jack Waissen 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 and Bluefield's Shikhar Kapur
6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (12-10).
In the men's B-flight, Amir Rahbar defeated Prairie
View A&M's Trenton Johnson 6-2, 6-4, and Steffen Giles-Osborn lost 6-3, 6-7,
1-0 (10-6) to Bluefield's Conner Pickering. Svoboda won 6-0, 6-0 in the C-flight
against Hampton's Isaiah Stewart, and Sean Richardson beat Prairie View's Jamaal
James 6-2, 6-1.
Svoboda, Richardson and Materre all were up one set
in their second matches when rain halted play.
The tournament, Xavier's first of two in the fall
semester, will continue through Sunday.