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XU men knock off another top-10 team; Nuggets lose by 1

April 3, 2012

Results:  Men    Women

     SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Xavier University of Louisiana's Loic Didavi, Zach Taylor and Viktor Svoboda defeated ranked singles players Tuesday to lead the ninth-ranked Gold Rush to a 6-3 NAIA men's tennis victory against eighth-ranked Westmont.
     Xavier (12-4) has beaten top-10 teams in consecutive duals for the first time in the program's history. The Rush defeated No. 7 Point Loma Nazarene 5-4 on Monday.
     Xavier's women, who dropped out of the coaches' top 25 poll Tuesday, lost 5-4 to 21st-ranked Westmont.
     Svoboda and Corey Huggins clinched against Westmont (7-7) with their 9-8 (10-3) victory at No. 3 doubles against Lukas Zielen and Joshua Barnard. Didavi and Taylor, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's third-ranked NAIA doubles team, beat second-ranked Bryan Cox and Rodrigo Schaefer 9-8 (11-9).
     Didavi, ranked 11th, beat fifth-ranked Cox 6-4, 6-3. No. 17 Taylor defeated No. 23 Schaefer 6-0, 6-3, and 47th-rated Svoboda defeated No. 39 Tim Goranson 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-5).
     The XU men are 8-2 this season against ranked NAIA opponents, 3-2 against top-10 teams.
     "Our guys are stepping up on this trip," XU coach Alan Green said. "This was another tough battle. These matches are so hard, and I hope they can prepare us for the national tournament. Westmont had a good crowd, and they were loud and on us the whole time."
     Although the Gold Nuggets (3-18) dropped their fourth in a row and ninth in the past 10 duals, they earned a pair of singles victories against ranked opponents. XU's Kourtney Howell, ranked 35th, beat No. 38 Nicci Yvanovich 6-3, 6-2. Amanda Materre defeated No. 45 Tara Yekrang (WC) 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-3.
     The women's dual was not decided until the final completed match, when Alyson Meyer rallied for a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory against Nicole DeLoach at No. 5 singles. Sunset at Westmont's Abbott Tennis Courts, which has no lights, forced Meyer and DeLoach's final set to be moved to Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in nearby Carpinteria.
     Xavier will continue its California trip with duals at 2 p.m. PDT Wednesday against Concordia — whose women are ranked eighth and men are ranked 10th — at Costa Mesa Tennis Center.

   
NAIA Men's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, April 1)

Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Fresno Pacific (10) 16-1 250 1
2 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 13-2 242 2
3 Oklahoma Christian 10-3 232 3
4 Azusa Pacific 15-1 228 4
5 Auburn Montgomery 10-7 215 5
6 Point Loma Nazarene 9-6 211 7
7 Vanguard 9-7 202 6
8 Westmont 7-6 191 10
9 Xavier 10-4 186 9
10 Concordia (Calif.) 6-8 177 8
11 William Carey 11-2 174 11
12 Lindsey Wilson 13-4 163 12
13 Aquinas 14-1 152 13
14 Bethany (Kan.) 12-3 145 14
15 Belhaven 12-2 137 17
16 Cumberland 8-0 134 16
17 Warner 11-2 117 18
18 Lee (Tenn.) 7-5 114 15
19 Campbellsville 7-4 103 19
20 Martin Methodist 6-4 93 20
21 Our Lady of the Lake 6-6 89 21
22 Webber International 14-5 74 23
23 Northwestern Ohio 14-4 72 25
24 Lewis-Clark State 5-7 61 24
25 Shorter 7-13 53 22

Others receiving votes: Pikeville 41, Olivet Nazarene 35, Spring Arbor 35, McPherson 33, Biola 21, Northwood (Fla.) 19, Roberts Wesleyan 3, Mobile 3, Taylor 1, Indiana Southeast 1, SCAD Savannah 1, Cumberlands 1.

NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through Sunday, April 1)

Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Auburn Montgomery (13) 15-2 343 1
2 Fresno Pacific 15-4 332 2
3 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 15-2 321 3
4 Oklahoma Christian 7-3 309 4
5 Azusa Pacific 14-2 300 5
6 Point Loma Nazarene 10-5 285 6
7 Brenau 9-3 280 7
8 Concordia (Calif.) 7-5 264 8
9 William Carey 11-6 257 9
10 Southern Nazarene 6-3 241 10
11 SCAD Savannah 11-2 236 11
12 Lindsey Wilson 10-2 222 12
13 Shorter 16-7 215 13
14 Lewis-Clark State 5-12 197 14
15 Vanguard 6-9 191 15
16 Indiana Wesleyan 16-2 171 17
17 Lee (Tenn.) 8-4 167 16
18 Martin Methodist 7-3 150 18
19 Campbellsville 8-4 131 20
20 St. Thomas (Fla.) 4-4 129 19
21 Westmont 4-7 126 21
22 Robert Morris (Chicago) 9-1 109 NR
23 Oklahoma Baptist 6-7 107 tie-21
24 Marian (Ind.) 19-6 89 23
25 Davenport 15-5 84 25

Others receiving votes: Xavier 78, Webber International 36, Bethel (Kan.) 35, Belhaven 29, Indiana Southeast 26, Northwestern Ohio 24, Milligan 5, Taylor 5, Nebraska Wesleyan 4, Northwood (Fla.) 3, Cumberlands 1, Olivet Nazarene 1, The Master's 1.

 

 
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