Gold Rush defeat seventh-ranked Point Loma Nazarene
April 2, 2012
SAN DIEGO — Loic Didavi defeated Tyler Bowman
6-2, 2-6, 6-2 Monday to clinch a 5-4 NAIA men's tennis victory for ninth-ranked
Xavier University of Louisiana against No. 7 Point Loma Nazarene.
Point Loma's sixth-ranked women defeated No. 24
Xavier 8-1, but XU's Kourtney Howell defeated Maika Adair 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 7-5
in a matchup of ranked singles players.
The Gold Rush (11-4) won for the seventh time in nine
duals this season against ranked opponents and beat a seventh-ranked team
for the second consecutive year. The XU men have two victories this season
against top-10 teams.
Didavi's victory gave Xavier a 5-2 lead. The Gold
Rush won all three doubles matches, two against ranked teams.
The other Xavier singles victory came from Amir Rahbar,
who is 5-0 in three-set matches this spring after his 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 decision against
Diego Tavera to give the Rush a 4-2 lead.
Didavi and Zach Taylor completed the doubles sweep
with their 8-5 victory against Bowman and Gregory De Andrade. It was Didavi
and Taylor's sixth consecutive victory and their 13th in 14 matches this
spring. Including fall tournaments, Didavi and Taylor are 20-3.
Viktor Svoboda and Corey Huggins scored XU's first
point with an 8-0 decision against Andrew Combs and Kaptan Kaster, then
Steffen Giles-Osborn and Sean Richardson won 8-4 against
Angel Tavera and KC Ensley.
Chad Rubin ended the 10-match singles win streak of
XU's Sean Richardson with a 6-3, 6-1 decision at the sixth flight.
"This was a hard-fought match," XU coach Alan Green
said, "and a great start for us in doubles."
Howell's victory was her third of the season against
a ranked singles player. Freshman teammate Amanda Materre also went three
sets but lost 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to Jessica Kwan at No. 2.
Wileen Chiu improved to 13-0 in singles this semester
with her 6-0, 6-0 victory against the Gold Nuggets' Jordyn Goody at No. 5.
Point Loma's men are 9-7, and its women are 11-5.
Xavier's women are 3-17, 1-7 against ranked teams.
This was the first of four consecutive days that both
XU teams play ranked teams in California. They'll travel to Santa Barbara on
Tuesday to play Westmont's 10th-ranked men and 21st-ranked women at 2 p.m. PDT.