Thursday, March 31, 2016

DI Southern Miss wins every set against Gold Nuggets

NEW ORLEANS — The women of Southern Miss won every set and snapped a pair of lengthy Xavier University of Louisiana singles win streaks Thursday in a 9-0 victory at XU Tennis Center.
The Golden Eagles (15-2) won their seventh in a row and recorded their first-ever shutout of the Gold Nuggets (7-9). Southern Miss won 6-3 each of the previous two seasons.
At the top singles flight, Carolin Drescher defeated Charlene Goreau 6-4, 6-3 to end Goreau's 10-match win streak. At No. 4, Claudia Castella won her eighth in a row and snapped Sha'Nel Bruins' 5-match streak with a 6-4, 6-0 decision.
Southern Miss lost one game combined at the top two doubles flights, then Tjasa Jerse and Elena Roca pulled away late for an 8-5 victory against Bruins and Dasia Harris.
Tjasa Jerse clinched the dual with a 6-3, 6-0 victory against Brandi Nelson on the third court.
Xavier, ranked 15th in the NAIA, is 1-2 this season against NCAA Division I opponents. Five more DIs are on the Gold Nuggets' schedule, including 11 a.m. Saturday at home against Prairie View A&M. The XU men also will play host to Prairie View at that time.

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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