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Gold Rush, in first men's dual at new facility, beat Loyola
February 6, 2013

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     NEW ORLEANS — Nikita Soifer and Kyle Montrel didn't lose a game in singles Wednesday to lead NAIA No. 8 Xavier University of Louisiana in a 7-2 men's tennis victory against city rival Loyola.
     It was the first XU men's dual at the new XU Tennis Center, which opened in late October. The Gold Rush (1-1) and Wolfpack (0-2) finally played after their Jan. 25 meeting was postponed.
     Soifer, playing No. 2 singles, defeated Jaron Belcher 6-0, 6-0. Montrel defeated Joshua Laviolette by the same score at No. 3.
     Xavier and Loyola played the singles matches before doubles. Loyola won by default at No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles because the Gold Rush had only five available players.
     All-American Loic Didavi clinched the dual with a 6-2, 6-2 decision against Tarun Surat at No. 1 singles. In the other singles matches, Benjamin Brading beat David Mayhall 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4, and Viktor Svoboda defeated Gregory Jones 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5.
     In doubles, Didavi and Montrel defeated Surat and Belcher 8-3 at No. 1, and Soifer and Brading beat Laviolette and Mayhall 8-5 at No. 2.
     "We played well," XU coach Alan Green said. "We were anxious to get out there because we hadn't played in more than a week. We'll get back to work tomorrow and get ready for a big one Friday against William Carey."
     The Gold Rush will play William Carey, ranked sixth in the NAIA, at 2 p.m. Friday at XU.
     NOTES:  All four Xavier teams in new facilities this season won their home openers. Men's basketball beat Morehouse and women's basketball beat Johnson & Wales (Fla.) to christen the Convocation Center on Nov. 3, and women's tennis defeated Loyola on Jan. 25 . . . Green said the XU men's home match against Jackson State was pushed back one day to April 14 at 11 a.m. . . . Both Loyola losses this semester are to ranked opponents. The Wolfpack lost 7-2 Friday to NAIA No. 12 Belhaven.


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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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