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XU's Montrel, Mandlekar, Bruins advance at HBCU event
September 20, 2013

Results:  Men    Women

     JONESBORO, Ga. — Xavier University of Louisiana's Kyle Montrel and Tushar Mandlekar each won twice Friday to advance to title matches at the HBCU National Tennis Championships.
     Montrel, a sophomore seeded fourth in the men's singles A flight, defeated Prairie View A&M's Jackson Varney 6-3, 6-0 in the quarterfinals, then fought off six match points to upset Florida A&M's top-seeded Rodney Carey 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5).
     Mandlekar, an unseeded freshman in the men's B flight, also defeated a pair of NCAA Division I players. He beat Prairie View's Trenton Johnson 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals and Bethune-Cookman's Santiago Lobelo 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 in the semifinals.
     Also winning twice was unseeded XU freshman Sha'Nel Bruins in the women's singles C flight. Bruins defeated Tuskegee's fourth-seeded Meheq Khokar 6-1, 6-1 and Prairie View's Payton Gore 6-2, 6-0 before losing 6-0, 6-3 to Southern's top-seeded Morgan Taylor in the semifinals. It was a busy day for Bruins, who also played two doubles matches and was eliminated in the B flight quarterfinals.
     Montrel will play Saturday in his final against third-seeded Daniil Gerasimov of North Carolina Central, and Mandlekar will face Florida A&M's Zack Evenden, who advanced when XU freshman Jordan Harrell retired because of cramping in the third set of their semifinal. Harrell led 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 1-0.
     Bruins will play Southern's top-seeded Morgan Taylor in the semifinals.
     Montrel and Mandlekar, top-seeded in men's A doubles, advanced to the semifinals with an 8-3 victory against North Carolina Central's Stephan Charles-Donatien and Tamina Kienka. Harrell and Nikita Soifer, seeded first in men's B doubles, beat Tennessee State's Daniel Bernal and Joe Daniels 8-0 to reach the semifinals.


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