Nicholls State defeats Gold Rush 5-4, Gold Nuggets 9-0
March 14, 2012
NEW ORLEANS — Shayann Vaezzadeh defeated Viktor
Svoboda 6-2, 7-5 at No. 3 singles Wednesday to clinch Nicholls State's 5-4
men's tennis victory against NAIA No. 9 Xavier University of Louisiana at City
Park/Pepsi Tennis Center.
Nicholls defeated Xavier 9-0 in the women's dual.
The Gold Rush (9-3) got singles victories from Zach
Taylor, Steffen Giles-Osborn and Sean Richardson, but Taylor and Giles-Osborn
won after the Colonels (6-6) clinched. Taylor and Loic Didavi saved three match
points to defeat Sidharth Sivakumar and Palash Tiwari 9-8 (8-6) at No. 1
Nicholls won each of the other two doubles matches by
the minimum two games. Damjan Despotovski and Roy Knight rallied from a 7-6
deficit to defeat Svoboda and Corey Huggins 9-7 at No. 3.
"Today was a good loss, if there's such a thing, for
our men," XU coach Alan Green said. "Our guys played extremely hard and almost
came away with a win against a Division I (NCAA) opponent that's been ranked
in the top 75 this season.
"I was proud of the effort, especially after a long
week when we played six times in seven days."
It was the second consecutive 5-4 loss for the Gold
Rush since a nine-dual win streak, the program's longest since the
start of the 2001-02 season. It also was the XU men's first home loss of
The Gold Nuggets (2-13) did not win a set and lost
their fourth in a row. Former XU recruit Parija Maloo, a junior at Nicholls
(4-7), defeated the Nuggets' Kourtney Howell 7-5, 6-4 at No. 1 singles and
snapped Howell's five-match win streak.
Marie Aubert defeated Amanda Materre 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2 to end Materre's
seven-match win streak and extend Aubert's streak to nine.
"Nicholls' women are pretty good from top to bottom,"
Green said. "We were overmatched. However, I did think Kourtney played
pretty well against Maloo."
Both Xavier teams will play Saturday at City Park.
The Gold Nuggets will play Louisiana Tech at 11 a.m., and both teams will
meet city rival Loyola at 5 p.m.