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In the Crescent Bend
Stands our loved and noble Xavier,
Far her praises send.
Wave her colors bear them onward
Gold and white so true
Hail to thee, all hail, dear Xavier
Hail, all hail, X.U.!
Xavier, ever be our guide
And lead us on the way,
Through life's journey, onward, upward
To the eternal day. (Refrain)
Gold Rush reach eight straight wins for 1st time since '08
March 9, 2012
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — NAIA No. 9 Xavier University
of Louisiana defeated Pikeville 7-2 Friday in the opening round of the AUM
Invitational. That gives the Gold Rush eight consecutive men's tennis victories
for the first time since 2008.
XU's women lost 5-4 to 18th-ranked Martin Methodist.
The 8-1 start of the Gold Rush is the best in Alan
Green's nine seasons as head coach.
"Our guys just hung tough and beat them in singles,"
Green said. "Right now we are winning ugly. Pikeville has a very underrated
team. They're good from top to bottom. Those guys play extremely hard and
Steffen Giles-Osborn and Sean Richardson won in doubles
and singles for the XU men, who for the first time in Green's tenure won
every singles match after losing two or more doubles matches. Giles-Osborn
clinched the dual with his 7-5, 6-1 victory over Connor Smith at No. 4.
The Gold Nuggets (2-10) lost for the first time in
three duals and narrowly missed a chance to upset a ranked opponent on the
road for the second time in as many days.
"Martin Methodist is the same team that won our
unaffiliated group tournament last season and qualified for nationals," Green said. "We
fought them hard, and it would have been nice to beat them. We may see them
next month at the qualifying tournament with a berth to nationals on the line.
We have a great scouting report on them now."
Kourtney Howell won in doubles and singles for the
Nuggets, and she and Amanda Materre both beat ranked singles opponents at
the top two flights.
Howell beat Paloma Cortina — rated 38th in NAIA singles in the preseason
by the ITA, the reigning TranSouth Athletic Conference Player of the Week and
the 2011 TranSouth Player of the Year
— 6-0, 6-3. Materre beat 42nd-ranked Anastasia Aleshcheva 6-0, 6-1.
Howell's victory gave Xavier a 4-3 lead,
but the RedHawks closed with a pair of three-set victories.
Maria Charrys clinched with her 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 decision against Amber Brown
at No. 3.
Pikeville — in its first season of men's tennis
after a four-year absence — is 1-3, and Martin Methodist is 3-1.
Both XU teams will play ranked NAIA opponents in this
event at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The Rush will play No. 22 Campbellsville, and
the Nuggets will play No. 15 Shorter. It will be the sixth time in seven
matches that the Rush played a ranked opponent and the fifth time in seven
matches for the women. The XU women will play Shorter for the second time
in six days.