Sunday, February 14, 2016

Nuggets lose 6-3 at LSUA; lengthy win streak ends

ALEXANDRIA, Louisiana — LSU-Alexandria defeated Xavier University of Louisiana 6-3 Saturday in women's tennis to end the Gold Nuggets' 21-dual win streak against unranked NAIA opponents.

Xavier (1-2), ranked 11th, had not lost to an unranked NAIA opponent since a 5-0 defeat against Milligan in the semifinals of an unaffiliated group tournament on April 30, 2011.


Jana van der Walt and Tess Guarino, at No. 2 doubles, gave the Gold Nuggets their only lead when they defeated Liz Arens and Ariadna Cabezas 8-4 in the first completed match. The Generals (3-3), a 2015 NAIA National Championship qualifier, won the other two doubles matches and 4-of-6 in singles.

Ariadna Cabezas clinched for LSUA with a 7-5, 6-4 victory against Vashni Balleste at the sixth singles flight. Winning singles matches for Xavier were Brandi Nelson, 6-3, 6-3 against Betsabet Vasquez at No. 3, and Sha'Nel Bruins, 6-1, 6-0 against Paula Gordilla at No. 4.

Nelson is 3-0 in singles during the spring semester. Bruins played about 25 miles from her hometown of Colfax, La. Guarino's victory was her first since enrolling at Xavier in January.

"LSUA played well and deserved to win," XU coach Alan Green said. "We have a lot of work to do and a long way to go."

Xavier's women and men will travel to Thibodaux, La., Sunday to play NCAA Division I's Nicholls State at 1 p.m. The starting time of those duals was pushed back two hours.

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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