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Nuggets win 1st of year; Rush beat 4th straight ranked foe

March 6, 2012

Results:  Men    Women

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana earned its first women's tennis victory of the season, winning every set Tuesday in a 9-0 victory against Tennessee Wesleyan at City Park.
     The XU men defeated No. 21 Tennessee Wesleyan 8-1 for their fourth consecutive victory against a ranked NAIA opponent.
     The Gold Nuggets (1-9) had lost every doubles match of the spring semester before Ashley McGill and Jordyn Goody broke through at the No. 3 flight with an 8-3 victory against Britten Friedrich and Spencer Creekmore. Kourtney Howell and Nicole DeLoach followed with an 8-2 decision against Laura Spellacy and Kristin Camp at No. 2, then Amber Brown and Amanda Materre gave the Nuggets a 3-0 lead in the dual with an 8-5 victory against Beatriz Signori and Zola Enhkbat.
     McGill clinched the dual with a 6-0, 6-0 victory against Creekmore at No. 6 singles. Howell and Goody also won in singles without dropping a game, and DeLoach lost one game.
     "Our ladies played well and played with confidence," XU coach Alan Green said. "Hopefully we can carry that momentum to our next match."
     The Gold Rush (6-1), still ninth in the NAIA coaches poll announced Tuesday, swept the doubles and won 5-of-6 singles matches. Loic Didavi clinched at No. 1 singles with a 6-0, 6-1 victory against Tanner Stancil. Viktor Svoboda at No. 3 and Sean Richardson at No. 6 both extended their singles streaks to five victories.
     Didavi and Zach Taylor, the NAIA's third-ranked doubles team, improved their win streak to six with an 8-5 victory against David Escobosa and Bartos Micher.
     The six-dual win streak of the XU men is their longest since winning seven straight in 2010.
     Both Tennessee Wesleyan teams are 0-3.
     Both XU teams will play Belhaven at Jackson, Miss., at 1 p.m. Thursday — that's a makeup of a Feb. 18 rained-out XU home match — then compete the following day in the AUM Invitational at Montgomery, Ala. The Gold Rush will play Pikeville, and the Gold Nuggets will play NAIA No. 18 Martin Methodist in 3:30 p.m. duals Friday.

   
NAIA Men's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, March 4)

Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Fresno Pacific (13) 5-0 343 1
2 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 5-1 332 2
3 Oklahoma Christian 5-0 321 3
4 Azusa Pacific 5-1 309 4
5 Auburn Montgomery 3-3 297 5
6 Vanguard 4-4 290 8
7 Westmont 3-3 278 6
8 Point Loma Nazarene 4-4 266 7
9 Xavier 4-1 253 9
10 Shorter 6-3 241 10
11 Concordia (Calif.) 3-5 231 11
12 Lindsey Wilson 7-3 229 12
13 William Carey 1-2 210 13
14 Aquinas 3-1 197 14
15 Bethany (Kan.) 3-2 186 15
16 Warner 5-1 180 18
17 Lee (Tenn.) 2-1 167 17
18 Webber International 6-2 159 20
19 Lewis-Clark State 4-3 142 19
20 Olivet Nazarene 3-1 121 22
21 Tennessee Wesleyan 0-2 119 21
22 Campbellsville 2-0 106 23
23 St. Thomas (Fla.) 0-6 92 18
24 Martin Methodist 2-0 88 25
25 Belhaven 4-1 81 24

Others receiving votes: Northwestern Ohio 61, Oklahoma Baptist 42, Spring Arbor 37, McPherson 22, Biola 19, Missouri Valley 14, Pikeville 13, Cumberland 9. Roberts Wesleyan 6, SCAD Savannah 5, Brescia 5, Taylor 1, Davenport 1, Northwood (Fla.) 1, Hastings 1, Our Lady of the Lake 1.

NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, March 4)

Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Auburn Montgomery (12) 7-0 343 1
2 Fresno Pacific (1) 9-0 332 2
3 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 6-1 321 3
4 Oklahoma Christian 3-0 310 4
5 Azusa Pacific 6-1 299 7
6 Point Loma Nazarene 5-2 281 9
7 Brenau 2-2 275 6
8 Concordia (Calif.) 4-3 267 5
9 Southern Nazarene 0-1 244 10
10 William Carey 2-4 235 12
11 SCAD Savannah 2-2 233 8
12 Vanguard 4-5 231 11
13 Lee (Tenn.) 3-0 213 13
14 Lindsey Wilson 4-2 211 14
15 Shorter 9-2 194 15
16 Lewis-Clark State 3-9 177 16
17 Indiana Wesleyan 14-0 174 17
18 Martin Methodist 2-0 158 19
19 SCAD Atlanta 0-0 139 18
20 St. Thomas (Fla.) 1-2 127 20
21 Belhaven 3-2 107 21
22 Campbellsville 1-0 100 22
23 Webber International 6-3 84 23
24 Davenport 11-4 83 25
25 Marian (Ind.) 13-3 78 24

Others receiving votes: Oklahoma Baptist 77, Westmont 71, Olivet Nazarene 53, Indiana Southeast 32, Northwood (Fla.) 18, Milligan 10, Northwestern Ohio 9, Taylor 6, Robert Morris (Chicago) 4, Cumberlands 3, The Master's 3, Xavier 1, Nebraska Wesleyan 1, Missouri Valley 1.

 

 
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