Rush, Howell continue their success at AUM Invitational
March 10, 2012
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Xavier University of
Louisiana men's tennis team rolled to its ninth consecutive victory Saturday,
and the Gold Nuggets' Kourtney Howell recorded her second singles victory in
as many days against a ranked opponent in the AUM Invitational.
The Gold Rush, ranked ninth in the NAIA, defeated
22nd-ranked Campbellsville 9-0. The win streak of the XU men (9-1) is their
longest since the start of the 2001-02 season.
The Gold Nuggets lost 7-2 to No. 15 Shorter, but Howell
beat 22nd-ranked Candice Laurent 7-5, 2-6, 1-0 (10-8) at the No. 1 flight.
Howell has four consecutive singles victories since losing six straight. It was
Howell's second super-tiebreaker victory of the spring semester in eight
Winning her sixth consecutive No. 2 singles match —
she began the streak this past Sunday— was XU freshman Amanda Materre,
who beat Margot Vetter 6-3, 6-2. Aurelie Gaborit clinched for Shorter (13-3)
with a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Jordyn Goody at No. 4.
Shorter defeated the Gold Nuggets (2-11) for the second
time in six days.
The XU men won every set but one against Campbellsville
(4-1). Viktor Svoboda clinched the dual with a 6-3, 6-0 victory against Pablo
Numbela at No. 3 singles.
Steffen Giles-Osborn and Sean Richardson improved their
singles win streaks to six. Giles-Osborn defeated Pontus Blom 6-1, 6-2 at No.
4, and Richardson beat Alberto Diaz 6-1, 6-2 at No. 6.
The Gold Rush have six victories in the past seven
duals against ranked opponents. The Gold Nuggets are 1-4 this season against
"Our men got off to a good start in the doubles today,"
XU coach Alan Green said. "We're trying to clean up some things so we don't
have to rely as much on our singles.
"Our women played tough in singles but came up short.
We need to play much better doubles just to give ourselves a chance in these
Both XU teams will play ranked NAIA opponents
in this event at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. The Rush will play No. 5 Auburn Montgomery
for the men's championship, and the Nuggets will play No. 22 Campbellsville.