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Nuggets, Rush advance in South Regional main draw
September 27, 2013

Results:  Men    Women

     NEW ORLEANS — Seven singles players and two doubles teams from Xavier University of Louisiana advanced Friday in the main draw of the USTA/ITA NAIA South Regional Championships at the City Park/Pepsi and XU tennis centers.
     Four Gold Nuggets, including third-seeded Kourtney Howell and fifth-seeded Brion Flowers, reached the women's singles round of 16. Three XU men, including fourth-seeded Kyle Montrel and sixth-seeded Nikita Soifer, advanced to the men's singles round of 16.
     Howell defeated Belhaven's Ainsley Wright 6-0, 6-3. Flowers beat Brenau's Kelley Cohron 6-0, 6-2. The Nuggets' Amber Brown defeated Belhaven's Katie Campbell 6-0, 6-0, and Brandi Nelson beat Georgia Gwinnett's Rocio Fernandez 6-2, 6-4.
     Montrel defeated Belhaven's Enrico Patriarca 6-2, 6-2 to extend his collegiate singles win streak to 10 dating to last season. Soifer beat Point's Andrew Hays 6-0, 6-1. Also advancing was Xavier's Kevin Chaouat, who defeated Loyola's David Mayhall 6-0, 6-2 and Point's Nate Moore 6-0, 6-0.
     Howell and Flowers, top-seeded in women's doubles, defeated Belhaven's Abigail Watkins and Joy Bethea 8-0 to reach the quarterfinals. Montrel and Mandlekar, seeded fourth in men's doubles, reached the quarterfinals with an 8-2 victory against Belhaven's Lachlan Puyol and Jim Scott.
     All No. 1 seeds advanced, including Auburn Montgomery's Jade Curtis in women's singles and Nicolas Pinones in men's singles. Pinones and Miguel Grifol, the No. 1 men's doubles seed, had a bye and will play at 11:15 a.m. Saturday in the round of 16.
     All matches Saturday will be played at City Park, starting with men's and women's singles main-draw matches at 9 a.m. Semifinals and championship matches are scheduled for Sunday at the XU 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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