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Nuggets, Rush record 9-0 home victories vs. Wolf Pack
February 7, 2014

Results:  Men    Women
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     NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana dropped a collective seven games Friday in 9-0 women's and men's victories against city rival Loyola at XU Tennis Center.
     It was the first dual match of the spring semester for the Gold Nuggets, who are ranked third in the NAIA, and the home opener for the sixth-ranked Gold Rush (1-1).
     Xavier did not lose a game in 10-of-16 matches. The Gold Nuggets won 6-0, 6-0 in 5-of-6 singles matches. Loyola defaulted two men's matches because it had five available players.
     Winning 6-0, 6-0 in singles for the Gold Rush were Vincenzo Ciccone and Adam Albrecht. The Nuggets' 6-0, 6-0 winners were Nour Abbes, Brion Flowers, Amber Brown, Brandi Nelson and Sha'Nel Bruins. Albrecht, Abbes, Nelson and Bruins are freshmen, and it was the collegiate debut of Abbes.
     "It was really good to finally get the women out in a match and let them get any jitters out of the way," 11th-year XU coach Alan Green said. "Everybody was excited and ready to play.
     "Neither one of our teams gave up many games, but we have to realize it's not always going to be like that because of the tough schedules we'll play."
     Kyle Montrel and Nikita Soifer defeated Federico Mercado and David Mayhall 8-1 at men's No. 1 doubles, then Montrel won 6-0, 3-0 at No. 1 singles when Mercado retired because of injury. Montrel has won 11 of his last 12 singles matches and 11 of his last 12 doubles matches. Soifer has won 21 of his last 23 in doubles.
     Both Loyola teams are 1-2.
     The Gold Nuggets will play another city rival, Tulane, at 4 p.m. Sunday at City Park Tennis Center. Start time has been pushed up two hours. The next Gold Rush dual will start at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Louisiana-Lafayette.


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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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