Rush defeat Swedes in matchup of ranked NAIA teams
February 11, 2012
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas — Steffen Giles-Osborn and
Sean Richardson remained unbeaten in doubles in the spring semester, and
Viktor Svoboda overcame a first-set singles shutout Saturday to clinch Xavier
Univetsity of Louisiana's 7-2 men's tennis victory against Bethany (Kan.)
in the Prairie View A&M Invitational.
The Gold Rush (3-1), ranked ninth in the NAIA,
finished 2-0 in the event and extended its win streak to three straight.
Bethany, ranked 16th, is 1-2.
Giles-Osborn and Richardson scored the first point of
the dual and improved to 4-0 for the semester with an 8-6 victory against
Michael Van Den Bogaert and Alex Sandri at No. 3 doubles. Loic Didavi and
Zach Taylor put the Rush ahead to stay, 2-1, with an 8-4 victory against
Marcelo Alecio and Kane Olsen at No. 1.
Taylor and Didavi won in straight sets at the top
two singles flights to make it 4-1, then Svoboda clinched with his 0-6, 7-6
(7-2), 6-2 victory against Olsen at No. 3. Amir Rahbar won in a super-tiebreaker
at No. 5 after dropping the first set, and Richardson won in straight sets at
Bethany's Shane Huggins, a first cousin of XU newcomer
Corey Huggins, was responsible for both of the Swedes' points. He and Jack
Schoeman beat Corey Huggins and Svoboda 9-7 at No. 2 doubles, and he defeated
Giles-Osborn 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4 singles.
The victory was Xavier's first against a ranked
opponent since beating Martin Methodist in the title match of an NAIA unaffiliated
group qualifying tournament this past April, and it was the second straight
year the Rush beat Bethany 7-2.
"This was a tough match," XU coach Alan Green said.
"Bethany is much improved from last year and is definitely deserving of their
ranking. Our guys are really coming together and playing like they are hungry
for something. I hope it continues."
The Gold Rush are 25-2 in February duals dating to
Next Saturday the Gold Rush will play Gulf Coast
Athletic Conference opponent Tougaloo at 10 a.m. and NAIA No. 22 Belhaven
at 3 p.m. at the University of New Orleans Tennis Center. Meanwhile,
this current trip will conclude after the XU women visit McNeese State
at noon Sunday.