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In the Crescent Bend
Stands our loved and noble Xavier,
Far her praises send.
Wave her colors bear them onward
Gold and white so true
Hail to thee, all hail, dear Xavier
Hail, all hail, X.U.!
Xavier, ever be our guide
And lead us on the way,
Through life's journey, onward, upward
To the eternal day. (Refrain)
Vanguard ousts Nuggets at NAIA National Championship
May 15, 2012
MOBILE, Ala. — Vanguard avenged two regular-season
singles losses and defeated Xavier University of Louisiana 6-3 Tuesday in
the opening round of the NAIA Women's Tennis National Championship.
The Lions (10-14), ranked 15th in the coaches poll and
seeded 16th in the tournament, will play defending champion and top-seeded
Auburn Montgomery (22-2) in the second round at 9 a.m. Wednesday. The
Gold Nuggets, ranked 20th and seeded 17th, finished 7-22 after their sixth
trip to nationals in eight seasons.
Gabriele Allford and Ashley Tebeau, both straight-sets singles losers in
Vanguard's 5-4 home victory against Xavier on April 5, reversed those outcomes
to help the Lions hand the Nuggets their first opening-round loss at nationals.
Alford beat Nicole DeLoach 6-1, 6-3 at the No. 4
flight, and Tebeau defeated Ashley McGill 6-0, 6-0 at No. 6.
Xavier never led in the dual, and Vanguard took the
lead for good at 2-1 when Allford and Tebeau defeated McGill and Jordyn Goody 8-2
at No. 3 doubles. The Lions clinched when Petronella Lindahl beat Goody 6-3, 6-3
at No. 5 singles.
The Nuggets got their points from DeLoach and Kourtney
Howell, who beat Ekaterina Gabashvili and Petronella Lindahl 8-1 at No. 2 doubles;
Amber Brown, who defeated Gabashvili 6-2, 6-4 at No. 3 singles; and Amanda Materre,
who rallied past Nina Pudar 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2.
DeLoach and Howell closed the season with seven
consecutive doubles victories. Brown avenged a straight-sets loss to Gabashvili from April.
Materre became the fourth Gold Nuggets freshman to win in singles at nationals —
joining Dominique Bell (2004), Marian Lang (twice in 2009) and Carmen Nelson (2010)
— and earned her sixth straight singles victory.
NAIA National Championship
(seedings in parentheses)
First Round — 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15
Vanguard (16) d. Xavier (17) 6-3
William Carey (9) d. Indiana Southeast (24) 9-0
Shorter (12) d. Bethel (Kan.) (21) 9-0
SCAD Savannah (13) d. Nebraska Wesleyan (20) 9-0
Lewis-Clark State (14) d. Northwestern Ohio (19) 9-0
Lindsey Wilson (11) d. Spring Hill (22) 9-0
Southern Nazarene (10) d. Missouri Valley (23) 7-2
Indiana Wesleyan (15) d. Robert Morris (Chicago) (18) 5-4
Second Round — 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16
Auburn Montgomery (1) vs. Vanguard (16)
Concordia (Calif.) (8) vs. William Carey (9)
Azusa Pacific (5) vs. Shorter (12)
Oklahoma Christian (4) vs. SCAD Savannah (13)
Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (3) vs. Lewis-Clark State (14)
Point Loma Nazarene (6) vs. Lindsey Wilson (11)
Brenau (7) vs. Southern Nazarene (10)
Fresno Pacific (2) vs. Indiana Wesleyan (15)
Quarterfinals — 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 17
Semifinals — 9 a.m. on Friday, May 18
Championship — 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 19
Xavier at Nationals (5-6)
May 17, 2004 (first round): Xavier 8, Lee (Tenn.) 1
May 18, 2004 (second round): Auburn Montgomery 5, Xavier 0
May 16, 2005 (first round): Xavier 9, Indiana Southeast 0
May 17, 2005 (second round): Brenau 5, Xavier 0
May 12, 2008 (first round): Xavier 7, McKendree 2
May 13, 2008 (second round): Vanguard 5, Xavier 1
May 12, 2009 (first round): Xavier 8, Union (Ky.) 1
May 13, 2009 (second round): Berry 5, Xavier 3
May 18, 2010 (first round): Xavier 6, Indiana Wesleyan 3
May 19, 2010 (second round): Auburn Montgomery 5, Xavier 0
May 15, 2012 (first round): Vanguard 6, Xavier 3
Howell lost 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6)
to Gabriela Bergmanova, ranked second by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, at
the top singles flight.
The Gold Nuggets entered the tournament 5-0 in first-round matches.
It's the first time they failed to reach the second round.
It was the final collegiate competition for McGill,
a fifth-year senior who graduated from Xavier on Saturday and competed at nationals
in tennis and basketball. The other five Nuggets are scheduled to return next season.
Xavier's men (17-7), ranked seventh and seeded seventh, had
a first-round bye and will play ninth-ranked and 10th-seeded Point Loma Nazarene (13-10)
in the second round at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Point Loma defeated 23rd-seeded Mobile 8-1 Tuesday.
NOTES: There were no first-round women's
or men's upsets. There were two 5-4 decisions —
Indiana Wesleyan's women beat Robert Morris (Chicago), and Belhaven's
men defeated Campbellsville. Both duals matched the 15th and 18th seeds . . .
The NAIA announced a three-year contract extension with the Mobile Area Tennis Association
to keep the women's and men's tournaments in Mobile through 2016.
The date of next year's tourneys will be May 14-18.