Monday, February 29, 2016

Blue Hose overcome 6 match points, beat Gold Rush 4-3

LAFAYETTE, Louisiana — Presbyterian's Brandon Mills overcame six match points Sunday in a 2-6, 7-6 (13-11), 6-1 victory against Tushar Mandlekar, giving the Blue Hose a 4-3 men's tennis victory against NAIA No. 4 Xavier University of Louisiana.
Presbyterian (4-10) snapped the five-dual win streak of the Gold Rush (5-3). Xavier sought its third victory of the season against an NCAA Division I opponent and its third in a row.
Mills won at No. 5 singles. "That was a hard-fought match," XU coach A;an Green said. "Mills played big in that tiebreaker, so credit goes to him in that situation. We will learn from this as we move along this season. We could have played better in doubles, which would have made the final match moot."
For the third consecutive time against NCAA DIs, Xavier got singles victories from Karan Salwan, Thomas Setodji and Adam Albrecht. Karan Salwan defeated Alexander Lykou 6-1, 6-1 at the top flight, Thomas Setodji beat Alejandro Bejar 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2, and Adam Albrecht defeated Ben Kelley 6-2, 7-5.
Presbyterian clinched the doubles point when Mills and Lykou beat Setodji and Kevin Chaouat 6-4.
Xavier's men and women will travel to Hattiesburg, Miss., to play NAIA-ranked William Carey at 3 p.m. Friday. There will be duals at XU Tennis Center next weekend; the Gold Nuggets will play NAIA No. 22 LSU-Alexandria at noon Saturday, and the Nuggets and Rush will play William Woods at 11 a.m. Sunday. Admission is free to all XU home duals.


Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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