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Rush win team, individual titles at HBCU Championships

September 21, 2013


     JONESBORO, Ga. — Xavier University of Louisiana sophomore Kyle Montrel defeated North Carolina Central's Daniil Gerasimov 6-2, 6-4 Saturday to win the men's singles A flight at the HBCU National Tennis Championships and lead the Gold Rush to its first-ever team title in this event.
     Montrel became the second Gold Rush player in three years to win the singles championship in the A flight. His final three victories came against NCAA Division I opponents. Xavier is an NAIA member.
     The XU men earned the team championship on a combination of matches won and bracket byes. The
     Xavier Gold Rush win team title at 2013 HBCU National Championships

The XU men show off their HBCU National Championships hardware.
three-day tournament ended after rain canceled a few of the matches. Neither of the men's doubles flights were completed, and none of the three Gold Rush teams had been eliminated.
     "The guys had an awesome weekend. With so many new guys, I'm happy about the way they are blending together and forming a bond," XU coach Alan Green said. "The Nuggets played well, too, and I'm excited about how well our freshmen played. This has the makings of a special year for us if we can keep this up."
     XU freshman Tushar Mandlekar lost 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 to Florida A&M's Zack Evenden in the men's B flight singles final.
     Nikita Soifer and Jordan Harrell, seeded first in men's B doubles, defeated Bluefield State's fourth-seeded Vlad Catlan and Connor Pickering 8-2 in the semifinals. Montrel and Mandlekar led Bluefield State's Vishwesh Sinha and Aziz Yuldashev 4-3 in their A doubles semifinal when rain stopped it.
     Green's teams won a combined 31-of-45 matches in three days. The Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets were a combined 21-14 in matches against NCAA Division I opponents. Xavier is an NAIA member.
     Florida A&M finished second in the men's team standings, and North Carolina Central was third. Bethune-Cookman, Howard and Florida A&M finished 1-2-3 in the women's standings.
     Xavier will play host to the USTA/ITA South Regional Championships, a three-day tournament which will start Friday at the XU Tennis Center and City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center.


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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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