In matchups of ranked teams, XU beats Belhaven twice
February 28, 2013
NEW ORLEANS — Both Xavier University of Louisiana
tennis teams defeated ranked NAIA
opponents Thursday at the XU Tennis Center. The Gold Nuggets, ranked 11th,
beat No. 22 Belhaven 9-0. The Gold Rush, ranked 10th, rallied to defeat
No. 12 Belhaven 5-4.
Both XU teams snapped two-dual losing streaks. The
women are 4-3, and the men are 4-4. Both Belhaven teams are 3-1.
The XU women did not drop a set against Belhaven.
Kourtney Howell, Brion Flowers, Amanda Materre and Simone-Alyse Ewell won in
singles and doubles for the Gold Nuggets, and Materre clinched the dual with
her 6-2, 6-1 victory against Natalia Krier at No. 3 singles.
"The Nuggets come out and took care of business from
start to finish," XU coach Alan Green said. "it was a good match played
The victory was the Gold Nuggets' second of the season
against a ranked opponent.
The Gold Rush trailed 3-2 before getting singles
victories from Loic Didavi, Nikita Soifer and Kyle Montrel,
who clinched the dual with his 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 decision against Daniel Prado at No.
3. The No. 1 doubles team of Didavi and Montrel improved to 7-0 this semester
after an 8-3 decision against David Mejia and Daniel Duarte.
"The Rush had another tough opponent which came out and
was really intense against us," Green said. "We fought
back from three match points at No. 2 doubles, which ended up being the deciding
factor in the match. I have a bunch of mentally tough guys playing for us."
Soifer and Viktor Svoboda won that No. 2 doubles match
9-8 against Prado and Jefferson Nino.
It was the first Gold Rush victory this season against
a ranked opponent. The XU men defeated a school-record 10 ranked opponents a
Both XU teams will travel to Jackson, Miss., for
Saturday duals against Gulf Coast Athletic Conference opponents Tougaloo and
Fisk. But the Gold Nuggets' schedule is a little busier, with a 3 p.m. home
dual Friday against Southern and a 4 p.m. Sunday dual at Southeastern Louisiana.
The SLU dual was pushed back two hours due to expected cold weather.