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In the Mississippi Valley,
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)
XU beats Point Loma, ends national tournament drought
May 16, 2012
MOBILE, Ala. — Xavier University of Louisiana
defeated two ranked doubles teams and two ranked singles players Wednesday in
a 5-0 men's tennis victory against Point Loma Nazarene in the second round of
the NAIA National Championship.
The Gold Rush (18-7), seeded seventh, became the first
XU team in 39 years to reach the national quarterfinals. Thirty-seven teams in
five sports failed to reach the quarterfinals since then, including 16
second-round losers. The XU men increased their win streak to six and set a
school record for victories in a season.
Viktor Svoboda and Loic Didavi won in doubles and
singles. Svoboda clinched the dual with a 6-2, 6-2 victory against KC Ensley
at No. 3 singles. Steffen Giles-Osborn and Sean Richardson rallied from a 7-4
deficit to beat Ensley and Angel Tavera 9-7 at No. 2 doubles.
Ensley is ranked 35th in singles by the Intercollegiate
Tnnis Association and 16th in doubles with Tavera. Didavi beat 17th-ranked
Tyler Bowman 6-2, 6-3.
Didavi and Zach Taylor, ranked in the top four in
doubles all spring, knocked off 11th-rated Bowman and Gregory De Andrade 8-4.
Xavier scored its first point at No. 3 doubles when
Svoboda and Corey Huggins beat Michael Zablan and Andrew Combs 8-6. Zablan and
Combs broke serve in the 13th game after saving two match points, but Svoboda
and Huggins broke back to end the match and record their seventh consecutive
Of the four unfinished singles matches,
Xavier led in three of them.
"Big win," XU coach Alan Green said. "Not only to finally
get an XU team through to the
NAIA National Championship
(seedings in parentheses)
First Round — 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15
Cumberland (16) d. Warner (17) 9-0
William Carey (9) d. Graceland (24) 9-0
Concordia (Calif.) (12) d. Asbury (21) 9-0
Aquinas (13) d. Spring Arbor (20) 7-2
Bethany (Kan.) (14) d. Olivet Nazarene (19) 6-3
Lindsey Wilson (11) d. Hastings (22) 9-0
Point Loma Nazarene (10) d. Mobile (23) 8-1
Belhaven (15) d. Campbellsville (18) 5-4
Second Round — 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16
Fresno Pacific (1) d. Cumberland (16) 5-0
Westmont (8) d. William Carey (9) 5-4
Auburn Montgomery (5) d. Concordia (Calif.) 5-1
Azusa Pacific (4) d. Aquinas (13) 5-0
Oklahoma Christian (3) d. Bethany (Kan.) (14) 5-0
Vanguard (6) d. Lindsey Wilson (11) 5-3
Xavier (7) d. Point Loma Nazarene (10) 5-0
Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (2) d. Belhaven (15) 5-0
Quarterfinals — 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 17
Fresno Pacific (1) vs. Westmont (8)
Azusa Pacific (4) vs. Auburn Montgomery (5)
Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (2) vs. Xavier (7)
Oklahoma Christian (3) vs. Vanguard (6)
Semifinals — 1 p.m. on Friday, May 18
Championship — 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 19
Xavier at Nationals (3-3)
May 12, 2009 (first round): Xavier 5, Oklahoma Christian 4
May 13, 2009 (second round): Auburn Montgomery 5, Xavier 0
May 18, 2010 (first round): Xavier 5, Tennessee Wesleyan 3
May 19, 2010 (second round): Fresno Pacific 5, Xavier 1
May 18, 2011 (second round): Vanguard 5, Xavier 3
May 16, 2012 (second round): Xavier 5, Point Loma Nazarene 0
quarterfinals again, but also to make amends for last
A year ago the XU men had a first-round bye and
was the higher seed in the second round — but lost 5-3 to a Vanguard
team they defeated in the regular season. Xavier entered the Point Loma dual
with the same scenario, but a different attitude.
"That loss to Vanguard last year left a bad taste in
our mouths," Green said. "We didn't have any intensity, we were probably overconfident,
and we got whipped. But today we came out with intensity and maintained it.
That was the difference."
Xavier will play second-seeded Embry-Riddle (Fla.), a
5-0 winner against Belhaven, at 1 p.m. Thursday. Point Loma, the No. 10 seed,
finished 13-11 and was 0-2 this season against Xavier.
No XU team had won in the second round since the Gold
Rush defeated top-ranked and unbeaten Sam Houston State 67-60 in the NAIA men's
basketball tourney at Kansas City, Mo., on March 14, 1973. Xavier lost 87-80
the following day to Maryland-Eastern Shore.
Xavier and Embry-Riddle will meet for the third time,
but it will be the first postseason matchup. The Eagles won 6-1 in 2004 and 8-1 in 2007.
"We're the type of team that can beat anybody or lose
to anybody," Green said. "Hopefully we can take care of ourselves tomorrow and
that will be enough."
NOTES: Xavier lost in the second round
each of the past three seasons . . . The victory was Xavier's 10th of the season
against a ranked NAIA opponent and fourth against a top-10 team. Both are
school records . . . The 2008-09 Gold Rush held the previous season mark
for victories . . . This was the first time that Xavier won a dual at nationals
without dropping a match . . . Xavier is the first men's tennis team from
the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference to reach the quarterfinals.