Gold Rush win, Gold Nuggets lose at Prairie View
February 10, 2012
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas — Xavier University of
Louisiana, ranked ninth in NAIA men's tennis, defeated NCAA Division I member
Prairie A&M 7-0 Friday in the Prairie View A&M Invitational. Xavier's
women lost 6-1 to Prairie View.
Loic Didavi, Zach Taylor, Viktor Svoboda, Steffen
Giles-Osborn and Sean Richardson won in doubles and singles for the Gold
Rush (2-1). Taylor clinched the dual with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 victory against
Karim Fotso at No. 2 singles.
It was the XU men's fifth consecutive victory against
Prairie View in six seasons but the first time that the Gold Rush won every
"Our guys fought hard to come out with that win," XU
coach Alan Green said. "There were a lot of tough points out there. Prairie
View has a good team and should contend for the SWAC championship."
Freshman Amanda Materre scored the lone point for the
Gold Nuggets (0-4) with her 3-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-3) victory against Lerato Ndlovu
at No. 3 singles. At No. 1 singles XU's Kourtney Howell went to a third-set
super-tiebreaker for the fourth consecutive dual but lost 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (10-2)
to Brittany Harrell. Howell and Nicole DeLoach also lost in a tiebreaker
to Raven Lewis and Ndlovu at No. 1 doubles.
"Our women played much better today," Green said. "We
still have a lot of work to do, but the important thing is that we are playing
hard and getting better."
Prairie View's men are 0-4, and the women are 2-4.
The Gold Rush will play NAIA No. 16 Bethany (Kan.)
at 10 a.m. Saturday in this event. The Gold Nuggets are done at Prairie View,
but they'll play McNeese State at noon Sunday at Lake Charles, La.