Sunday, March 6, 2016

LSUA defeats Nuggets 5-4 in matchup of ranked teams

NEW ORLEANS — Betsabet Vasquez defeated Jana van der Walt 6-3, 6-2 Saturday to clinch a 5-4 victory against Xavier University of Louisiana in a matchup of ranked NAIA women's tennis teams.
The Lady Generals (6-3), ranked 18th, won their fifth in a row. It was the second loss in as many days for the No. 13 Gold Nuggets (4-5) against a ranked opponent.
Xavier got singles victories from Brandi Nelson and Sha'Nel Bruins to tie the dual at 3, but the Generals got victories from Ariadna Cabezas — 6-0, 6-3 against Dasia Harris — and Vasquez to secure their second dual decision against Xavier in as many meetings this season.
Nelson defeated Paula Gordilla 6-2, 6-2, and Bruins beat Nicolette Uscocovich 6-3, 6-0 for her fifth singles victory in her last six decisions.
The Gold Nuggets scored the final point of the dual when freshman Charlene Goreau defeated Gisela Amor 2-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-7) at the top flight. The victory was Goreau's fifth in a row.
LSUA took a 2-0 lead in doubles before Goreau and Nelson beat Amor and Cabezas 8-5.
Xavier''s women and men will play William Woods at 10 a.m. Sunday at XU Tennis Center. XU coach Alan Green said the start time was moved up three hours. The women of William Woods are ranked 23rd in the NAIA. Xavier's men are ranked third.

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information

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