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Gold Nuggets win three sets, but Idaho wins dual 9-0
March 12, 2013


     NEW ORLEANS — Idaho defeated Xavier University of Louisiana 9-0 Tuesday in a women's tennis dual match at the new XU Tennis Center.
     The Vandals (6-7) of NCAA Division I won every set but three against the Gold Nuggets (7-6), who are ranked 10th in the NAIA. It was the third consecutive victory for Idaho and the first loss for Xavier after a 3-0 performance at Montgomery, Ala., in the AUM Invitational, which ended Sunday.
     It was Xavier's sixth loss this season and fifth in a row against D-I opponents. The Nuggets' lone victory against that level was at Prairie View A&M on Feb. 17. The Nuggets have thrived against other opponents, going 5-0 against top-25 NAIA teams.
     Winning sets for Xavier wre Kourtney Howell at No. 1 singles, Brion Flowers at No. 2 and Simone-Alyse Ewell at No. 5. Victoria Lozano defeated Howell 6-3, 1-6, 1-0 (10-5), Almudena Sanz beat Flowers 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, and Belen Barcenilla defeated Ewell 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5).
     "We came out flat and got off to a slow start on all the courts, doubles and singles," XU coach Alan Green said. "We played well in the middle and at the end of our matches, but we need to be able to pick up the intensity from the start."
     Constance Alexander clinched for the Vandals with a 6-4, 6-2 victory against Amanda Materre. It was Materre's first loss this semester in 10 matches at No. 3 singles.
     Howell and Flowers led 4-3 at No. 1 doubles against Lozano and Sanz before the Vandals rallied for an 8-5 decision.
     Xavier is 2-3 at its campus facility, which opened in October. All the losses are to D-Is. It was Idaho's second victory in three days at the XU Tennis Center; the Vandals defeated Youngstown State 4-3 on Sunday.
     Both Xavier teams will play another NCAA D-I opponent, Alcorn State, at 3 p.m. Friday at the XU Tennis Center. Admission is free to all XU home tennis events. The Gold Rush, like the Nuggets, are ranked 10th in the NAIA.


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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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