Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets win at St. Thomas (Fla.)

MIAMI GARDENS, Florida -- Xavier University of Louisiana's tennis teams opened their spring-break trip with victories against St. Thomas (Fla.) Tuesday. The Gold Rush, ranked third in the NAIA, won 9-0, and the Gold Nuggets, ranked 16th, won 7-2.

It was the first time since Jan. 30 that the Gold Rush (8-3) and the Gold Nuggets (6-7) won on the same day.

Both clinching victories occurred at the top singles flight -- Thomas Setodji of the Rush defeated Kevin Cubela 6-1, 6-3, and Charlene Goreau of the Nuggets beat Victoria Slavina (STU) 6-4, 6-1.

Playing for the first time in 2015-16 was the Nuggets' Brion Flowers, who won in doubles and singles. She teamed with Brandi Nelson for an 8-2 victory against Maria Dimitrova and Ksenia Slavina at No. 1 doubles, and she defeated Naomi Maehama 6-3, 6-2 at No. 4 singles.

Also winning in doubles and singles were Setodji, Kyle Montrel, Kevin Chaouat, Tushar Mandlekar, Adam Albrecht and Manav Chakma of the Rush and Goreau and Jana van der Walt of the Nuggets.

Xavier's men have won three straight and eight of their last nine duals. The men of St. Thomas (6-8) lost for the first time at home in five duals this season. The St. Thomas women (8-6) lost for the first time in six duals overall.

Xavier will travel to West Palm Beach, Fla., to play at 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday at Keiser (formerly Northwood). Keiser's men are ranked sixth in the NAIA, and its women are 11th.

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director


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