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Gold Rush can't solve Embry-Riddle in NAIA quarterfinals
May 17, 2012
MOBILE, Ala. — Adrian Bayh and Patrick Besch
won a battle of top-4 doubles teams Thursday, then Bayh added a singles victory to
carry second-ranked Embry-Riddle (Fla.) past No. 7 Xavier University of Louisiana
5-1 in the quarterfinals of the NAIA Men's Tennis National Championship.
The Eagles (20-3), the national runner-up a year ago,
advanced to the semifinals for the eighth consecutive year and improved to 12-0
this season against NAIA opponents. They snapped the
six-dual winning streak of the Gold Rush (18-8), in the quarterfinals for
the first time.
Bayh and Besch, ranked first among NAIA doubles teams
by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, beat fourth-rated Loic Didavi and
Zach Taylor 8-5 to put Embry-Riddle ahead to stay at 2-1. Bayh increased the
lead to 3-1 with a 6-3, 6-0 victory against Viktor Swoboda at No. 3 singles,
and Embry-Riddle clinched when Peter Francis rallied for a 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
decision against Amir Rahbar at No. 4.
Xavier scored its point at No. 3 doubles,
where Svoboda and Corey Huggins picked up their first victory of the season
against a ranked opponent. They snapped the 15-match win streak of
20th-rated Simon Felix and Peter Francis with an 8-4 decision. Svoboda
and Huggins closed with eight consecutive victories, giving Xavier
a 22-4 record at that flight this season.
Embry-Riddle got its other points from Chris Freeman
and J.R. Leonik — whose 8-0 decision against Steffen Giles-Osborn and Sean Richardson
was XU's first doubles shutout loss of the spring — and from David Spennare,
a 6-2, 6-2 winner against Richardson at No. 5 singles.
Xavier led in two of the three unfinished matches.
Didavi, ranked eighth, led second-rated Freeman 7-6 (9-7), 3-2. Huggins
also won a first-set tiebreaker and led Leonik 5-3 in the second set
when the dual ended.
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) d. Westmont (8) 5-0
Azusa Pacific (4) d. Auburn Montgomery (5) 5-4
Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (2) d. Xavier (7) 5-1
Oklahoma Christian (3) d. Vanguard (6) 5-0
Semifinals — 1 p.m. on Friday, May 18
Fresno Pacific (1) vs. Azusa Pacific (4)
Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (2) vs. Oklahoma Christian (3)
Championship — 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 19
Xavier at Nationals (3-4)
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
May 17, 2012 (quarterfinals): Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 5, Xavier 1
"We gave everything we had today and it just wasn't
enough," XU coach Alan Green said. "I guess this is a learning process where
we show progress every year. Next year should be better
for us hopefully. We were down a bit after the match, but we showed that we are
among the top eight teams in the nation. We will be back."
It was the final collegiate competition for
XU seniors Taylor, Giles-Osborn and Richardson.
It was the fourth straight year in the tournament
for the XU men, who set a school record for victories in a season. Ten of those triumphs occurred
against ranked NAIA opponents, with a school-record four against top-10 teams.
The national quarterfinal appearance was the first by an XU team in any sport in 39 years.