Gold Rush close regular season with 4-0 victory at Alcorn
April 14, 2012
LORMAN, Miss. — Corey Huggins capped an unbeaten
Saturday with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-1) decision against Maxim Tkachenko to clinch
Xavier University of Louisiana's 4-0 men's tennis victory at Alcorn State.
Xavier's women lost 4-1 to Alcorn.
The duals were the final ones of the regular season
for the Gold Rush (14-7), ranked ninth in the NAIA, and the Gold Nuggets (4-21).
Both teams won 9-0 at Tougaloo
earlier in the day. It was the first time since Feb. 11, 2011, that the
XU men won two duals in one day and the first time since Feb. 20, 2010,
that the Rush scored two shutouts in one day.
Huggins was the only Gold Rush player to win twice
in singles and twice in doubles.
Victories by the teams of Huggins and Viktor Svoboda
and Amir Rahbar and Loic Didavi gave Xavier the doubles point, then the Gold Rush
pulled away in singles when Steffen Giles-Osborn defeated Vitali Vasileuski 6-1, 6-2
at No. 3 and Sean Richardson beat Garry Amor Singh 7-5, 6-2 at No. 5.
Huggins clinched at No. 6.
The victory was the Gold Rush's third of the season
against an NCAA Division I opponent.
The Gold Nuggets scored their point when
Amanda Materre defeated Quta Mebuke (ASU) 7-6 (7-1), 7-5 at No. 2 singles.
It was the team-high 14th singles victory of the spring for Materre, a freshman, and
the 13th in her past 18 matches.
XU's Kourtney Howell and Nicole DeLoach defeated
Dari Rudd and Chan Rutherford 8-7 (7-5) at No. 2 doubles — but after
Alcorn clinched the doubles point.
The next competition for both Xavier teams will be April 27
in the quarterfinals of an NAIA unaffiliated group qualifying tournament at Norcross, Ga.