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Svoboda repeats as player of the week; West wins her 1st

April 1, 2013

     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana's Viktor Svoboda is the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Week in men's tennis for March 25-31, and XU's Olivia West won the women's tennis award.
     Svoboda is the first Gold Rush tennis player to win the conference award in consecutive weeks since Terry Richardson in 2009. The junior from Kamenice, Czech Republic, and graduate of Vitezna Plan High School was 3-0 in singles and 2-1 in doubles during Xavier's spring-break trip to Florida. His singles victory clinched Xavier's dual victory against Webber International. His victory against Embry-Riddle's Miguel Lopez Gomez extended his singles win streak to eight.
     Viktor Svoboda

Viktor Svoboda
     Olivia West

Olivia West
     It's the third time this season that Svoboda won the GCAC award, which matches the conference's season record set by Richardson in 2009 and tied by Zach Taylor in 2011 and 2012.
     West, a sophomore from Humble, Texas, and a graduate of Atascocita High School, won the GCAC award for the first time. She had her best week of the season, going 2-0 in singles and 3-0 in doubles in Florida. West's three-set victory against Melanie Snowberger at No. 6 singles clinched Xavier's 6-3 victory against NAIA No. 14 Northwood. The Gold Nuggets also defeated No. 7 Embry-Riddle.
     West entered the week with season records of 2-5 in singles and 1-4 in doubles. Against Embry-Riddle, West helped Xavier earn its second-ever road victory against a top-10 team and first since 2005 — and Xavier became the first NAIA women's opponent since 2009 to win at Embry-Riddle.
     Both XU teams will play at 3 p.m. Friday at William Carey and 2 p.m. Saturday against Auburn Montgomery at the new XU Tennis Center. All the XU opponets are ranked among the top six in the NAIA. Both Xavier teams are ranked eighth, and new coaches polls will be announced Tuesday.


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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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