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Southeastern Louisiana still undefeated after beating XU
March 3, 2013


     HAMMOND, La. — Southeastern Louisiana remained unbeaten this season with a 7-0 women's tennis victory against Xavier University of Louisiana.
     The Lady Lions, who compete in NCAA Division I, are 9-0. The Gold Nuggets, ranked 11th in the NAIA, are 4-5 after their fourth loss in five duals, and it's the first time this season they're below .500. All XU losses this season are to NCAA D-I opponents.
     Although Xavier lost to SLU for the third consecutive season, the Gold Nuggets showed improvement. Three XU players — Amanda Materre, Simone-Alyse Ewell and Amber Brown — won first sets in singles. The Nuggets won 51 singles games, more than they did in the previous two meetings against SLU combined (38). And it was three games more than the Nuggets won in singles Friday in a 6-3 home loss to Southern.
     "For some reason, matches play out in weird ways," XU coach Alan Green said. "I feel much better about how we played today than in the last match. I feel good about our team moving forward."
     Materre lost 0-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1 to Nastya Tokareva at No. 2. Renee Villarreal beat Ewell 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 at No. 4. And Adriana Castillo defeated Amber Brown 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 1-0 (10-5) at No. 6. Tokareva is 9-0 this semester, and Villarreal is 7-0.
     Sarah Kriem and Reginka Nychytailova clinched the doubles point with their 8-4 victory against Kourtney Howell and Brion Flowers at No. 1. Valya Rusakova clinched the dual with her 6-3, 6-3 victory against Flowers at No. 3 singles.
     The Xavier women's and men's home dual against Shorter, scheduled for Monday, was postponed to April. The next competition for the Gold Nuggets and Gold Rush will be Friday in the AUM Invitational at Montgomery, Ala. Opponents and times have not been announced.


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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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