Thursday, February 25, 2016

Gold Rush defeat another NCAA Division I opponent

MANDEVILLE, Louisiana — Xavier University of Louisiana got singles victories Thursday from Adam Albrecht and Karan Salwan to rally for a 4-3 men's tennis victory against Troy.
The victory was the second this year for the Gold Rush (5-2) against an NCAA Division I opponent. Xavier, ranked fourth in the NAIA, has a five-dual winning streak.
Albrecht tied the dual at 3 when he defeated Austin Racine 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 at No. 6 singles. Then Salwan clinched with a 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) victory against Tomas Fernandez at the top flight.
Also winning for Xavier was freshman Thomas Setodji, 6-1, 7-5 against Marcel Du Sart at No. 2. The Gold Rush won the doubles point — Salwan and Kyle Montrel defeated Racine and Hassan Ndayishimiye 6-1, then Albrecht and Tushar Mandlekar defeated Fernandez and Filip Mansson 6-3.
Xavier extended several individual win streaks. Salwan has won five straight in singles and six straight in doubles, the last four with Montrel. Albrecht has won his last five singles matches, and Mandlekar won his fourth in a row in doubles. This was Mandlekar's first match this semester with Albrecht as his partner.
Troy, the Sun Belt Conference champion in 2015 and ranked 68th in late January, is 1-10.
The Gold Rush have 31 victories against NCAA Division I opponents during Alan Green's 13 seasons as coach. The other one this season was 6-1 Feb. 14 at Nicholls State. The XU men have six more duals scheduled against the DIs, including Presbyterian at 3 p.m. Sunday at Lafayette, La.
Green said he added a pair of women's duals Friday at Jackson, Miss. The Gold Nuggets will play Belhaven at 4 p.m. at River Hills Club, then face Gulf Coast Athletic Conference opponent Tougaloo at 6 p.m. at Tennis Center South.

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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