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Nuggets, still 2nd in NAIA, win 6-3 vs. Southern

April 15, 2014

Results

     NEW ORLEANS — Brion Flowers and Nour Abbes won in doubles and singles Tuesday to help Xavier University of Louisiana's women defeat Southern University 6-3 at XU Tennis Center.
     Also Tuesday, the Gold Nuggets (13-6) remained second in the new NAIA coaches poll. It's the third consecutive poll that Xavier is No. 2.
     Flowers teamed with Kourtney Howell for an 8-3 doubles victory against Laura Syori and Kendall Bunch. Flowers clinched the dual with a 6-1, 6-3 victory against Bunch at No. 3 singles.
     Abbes and Simone-Alyse Ewell won 8-1 against Morgan Taylor and Camara Bunch. Abbes dropped her first three games against Syori at the top singles flight before winning 7-5, 6-0.
     Abbes is 13-0 for the season in singles — 6-0 against NCAA Division I opponents — and 11-2 in doubles. Ewell has won 14 straight in doubles and is 16-3 this season.
     Southern (7-8) had five available players and defaulted at No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles. The Lady Jaguars got their points from Darnesha Moore in a 6-1, 6-3 decision against Kourtney Howell, Taylor in a 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-4) decision against Brandi Nelson and Davis in a 6-2, 7-5 decision against Amber Brown. Davis snapped Brown's seven-match win streak in singles.
     Xavier has won 10 of its last 12 duals and defeated an NCAA Division I opponent for the second time in three days. Xavier had lost to Southern each of the previous four years and defeated the Lady Jaguars for the first time since Feb. 7, 2009.
     It was the final regular-season dual for both teams. Next week Xavier will play host to an NAIA unaffiliated group tournament, and Southern will return to New Orleans for the SWAC Tournament. The Nuggets will compete next on April 25.
   
NAIA Women's Tennis Coaches' Top 25 Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses — records through April 13)
Rank Team Record Points Last
1 Georgia Gwinnett (13) 13-2 343 1
2 Xavier 12-6 327 tie-2
3 Lindsey Wilson 10-4 324 tie-2
4 Auburn Montgomery 13-7 309 4
5 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 13-5 302 6
6 Brenau 13-7 288 7
7 SCAD Savannah 6-4 273 5
8 Vanguard 14-8 262 9
9 Northwood (Fla.) 12-3 261 8
10 Oklahoma Baptist 11-9 241 10
11 Westmont 10-11 230 11
12 Graceland 10-3 218 12
13 Coastal Georgia 11-6 210 17
14 Concordia (Calif.) 7-10 199 13
15 Milligan 16-4 192 15
16 Lewis-Clark State 3-14 172 14
17 Davenport 17-4 170 18
18 Indiana Wesleyan 23-2 162 16
19 Cardinal Stritch 18-4 138 20
20 Northwestern Ohio 11-9 123 25
21 Cambellsville 12-4 117 19
22 Marian (Ind.) 17-9 111 21
23 Olivet Nazarene 11-5 110 23
24 St. Thomas (Fla.) 4-7 106 22
25 Warner 6-9 57 RV

Others receiving votes: Georgetown (Ky.) 56, William Carey 47, Reinhardt 34, McPherson 33, Evangel 21, Cumberlands 19, Mobile 11, Southeastern (Fla.) 11, Cumberland 3.


 

 
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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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