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Tulane beats Rush, but Soifer survives in super-tiebreaker
January 26, 2013


     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana lost its men's tennis spring season opener 6-1 Saturday to Tulane at City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center, but sophomore Nikita Soifer was resilient in scoring XU's lone point against its city rival.
     Soifer saved eight match points in a 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 1-0 (11-9) victory against Joe Young at No. 2 singles.
     Soifer saved four match points while serving the 12th game of the second set, then scored the final six points of the super-tiebreaker after trailing 9-5.
     It was the first collegiate dual match for Soifer, who sat out last season and was 2-3 in singles and 2-2 in doubles in two fall tournaments. His opponent was second-team All-Conference USA in 2012 and second-team All-Louisiana in 2011.
     But Xavier's highlights started and ended with Soifer. Tulane (1-0) didn't lose more than two games in any other match. At No. 1 singles, XU's Loic Didavi — the Louisiana Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year in 2012 — lost 6-1, 6-1 to Idan Mark.
     "We gave a good effort but we were less confident than usual," 10th-year XU coach Alan Green said. "We will get that fixed."
     Tulane was the first of seven NCAA Division I opponents on the schedule of the Gold Rush, an NAIA quarterfinalist in 2012. Next match for Xavier's men and women will be D-I Nicholls State at 4 p.m. Saturday in Houma, La. The next Gold Rush home match will start at 2 p.m. Feb. 6 — one week from Wednesday — against Loyola at the new XU Tennis Center.


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The Xavier Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets compete in Division I of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Xavier fields men's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis and track and field and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

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