Monday, April 11, 2016

Gold Rush tie XU record for success against NCAA DIs

NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana defeated Jackson State 7-2 Sunday at XU Tennis Center and tied its men's program record for dual-match victories in a season against NCAA Division I opponents.

The Gold Rush (12-5), ranked third in the NAIA, are 4-5 this season against teams from the NCAA's highest classification. The XU men also produced four victories in 2013, 2009 and 2008.

Xavier's women lost 6-3 at home to Jackson State.

Karan Salwan, Thomas Setodji, Kyle Montrel and Adam Albrecht won in doubles and singles for the Gold Rush. After Xavier swept the doubles for the eighth time this season, Salwan clinched when he defeated Camilo Patino 6-4, 6-3 at No. 1 singles.

Setodji, a freshman who is 11-0 in singles, defeated Federico Boscarino 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2. Kyle Montrel beat Miguel Gomez Martin 6-1, 7-5 at No. 3, and Albrecht defeated Richie Agarwal 6-2, 6-1 at No. 6.

Xavier improved to 16-1 at home this season in men's doubles. Kyle Montrel and Adam Albrecht completed the sweep of the Tigers (5-16) with an 8-5 victory against Boscarino and Patino on the first court.

The Gold Rush are 6-0 at home this season.

In the women's matchup, Jackson State (8-15) won 2-of-3 in doubles and won a pair of 3-set singles matches to earn its first-ever victory against the Gold Nuggets (8-11) in five duals.

Julia Angermann clinched for the Lady Tigers with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 victory against Charlene Goreau at No. 1. Jana van der Walt and Goreau defeated Karina Ono and Bright Phakamad 8-4 at No. 2 doubles, and Xavier got singles victories in third-set super-tiebreakers from Brion Flowers and Tess Guarino.

Flowers defeated Phakamad 7-6 (8-6), 0-6, 1-0 (10-6) at No. 4, and Guarino beat Ono 1-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6) at No. 6.

The Gold Nuggets are 2-4 this season against NCAA DIs.

The Rush and Nuggets will play another DI, Alcorn State, at noon Thursday at XU. Seniors Montrel, Manav Chakma and Kevin Chaouat of the Rush and Flowers, van der Walt and Vashni Balleste of the Nuggets will be honored in a prematch ceremony.

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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