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Montrel still unbeaten in doubles, but Cajuns beat Xavier
February 19, 2013

Results:  Men    Women

     LAFAYETTE, La. — Xavier University of Louisiana freshman Kyle Montrel extended his winning streak in doubles Tuesday, but the Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets lost 6-1 tennis duals to Louisiana-Lafayette.
     Montrel, a freshman who did not play during the fall semester, and NAIA All-America Loic Didavi teamed for an 8-4 victory against Rick de Groot and Jake Wynan at No. 1 doubles. Montrel and Didavi are 6-0 this season.
     Montrel also won in singles, beating Edgar Lopez 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 at No. 3. Montrel is 2-0 in singles against NCAA Division I opponents. The Gold Rush (3-4) are ranked 10th in the NAIA.
     NAIA All-America Kourtney Howell won in doubles and singles for the Gold Nuggets (3-2), who are ranked 11th. Howell and Brion Flowers, a freshman playing in her hometown, defeated Nicole Breaux and Bailey VanDyke 8-0 at No. 1. It was the Nuggets' first 8-0 victory in doubles against an NCAA D-I opponent since March 2009.
     Howell defeated VanDyke 6-2, 0-6, 6-2 at No. 1 singles. It was the third consecutive time that Howell split sets and the second consecutive time that she won. None of those three matches was decided by a super-tiebreaker.
     Melissa Burckhartt clinched the women's dual for Louisiana-Lafayette (4-4) with a 6-0, 6-1 victory against Simone-Alyse Ewell at No. 4 singles. In the men's dual, the Ragin' Cajuns (5-4) clinched when Wynan beat Nikita Soifer 7-5, 6-1 at No. 2 singles.
     The XU women will play another NCAA D-I opponent, McNeese State, at 2 p.m. Saturday at the new XU Tennis Center. The next Gold Rush dual will start at 3 p.m. Feb. 28 at XU against 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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