Saturday, February 20, 2016
Xavier men win, women lose against SCAD Savannah
LAWRENCEVILLE, Georgia — Xavier University of Louisiana's men defeated SCAD Savannah 6-0 Friday, and the women lost 6-1 to the same school on opening day of the Green and Gray Tennis Invitational.
Karan Salwan and Tushar Mandlekar won in doubles and singles for the Gold Rush (4-2), ranked fourth in the NAIA. It was Xavier's fourth consecutive dual-match victory. Adam Albrecht clinched the dual with his 6-3, 6-2 victory against Kenta Naka.
Salwan and Kyle Montrel defeated Daiki Naka and Kenta Naka 8-2. Salwan gave the Rush a 4-0 lead when he defeated Daiki Naka 6-3, 6-1. Mandlekar and Manav Chakma beat Yulin Liu and Josh Tewes-McCoy 9-8 (7-1), then Mandlekar defeated Tewes-McCoy 6-2, 6-1.
The Rush led in all three unfinished matches.
Results: Men • Women
The Gold Nuggets (1-3), ranked 13th, lost their third in a row. They took their only lead when Dasia Harris and Sha'Nel Bruins won 8-3 against Daniella Arcila and Anastasia Castro at the third doubles flight. Camille Gbaguidi, the ITA's second-ranked NAIA singles player, clinched by beating Charlene Goreau 6-2, 6-3. That was one of two Nuggets losses against nationally ranked singles opponents.
"The guys got the job done pretty quickly," XU coach Alan Green said. "That was good so we can prepare for tomorrow. The girls had another tough day, but I was proud of them for playing hard against the No. 4 team in the NAIA. If we can continue to play hard we will give ourselves a chance to win these matches."
SCAD Savannah's men are 1-3, and its women are 5-1 with a five-dual win streak.
Both XU teams will play Georgia Gwinnett — whose men are No. 1 in the NAIA and whose women are No. 2 — at 3 p.m. EST Saturday. The men's dual will be streamed live and free of charge at http://portal.stretchinternet.com/ggc. The event will conclude Sunday.
Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director
XAVIER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA