Saturday, March 18, 2017

Rush, Nuggets defeat ranked STU teams on the road

— St. Patrick's Day was a good time for Alan Green

Green, the Xavier University of Louisiana tennis coach, watched his teams win 17-of-18 matches Friday against St. Thomas (Fla.) in matchups of ranked NAIA teams. Green's second-ra.nked men beat the 19th-ranked Bobcats 8-1, and his 10th-ranked women won 9-0 against the 22nd-ranked Bobcats.

It was the third time this season that both XULA teams won on the same day on the road against ranked opponents. For the season, the Gold Rush (7-3) and Gold Nuggets (5-6) have four victories apiece against ranked teams.

Karan Salwan, Catalin Fifea and Tushar Mandlekar won in doubles and singles for the Gold Rush. Salwan and Fifea both extended their singles win streaks to five matches. Salwan clinched the dual with a 6-4, 6-3 victory against Rasmus Lindstrom.

Double winners for the Gold Nuggets were Lacee Ancar, Emma Kranendonk, Charlene Goreau, Lyndsey Clark and Yi Chen Pao. Clark and Pao, paired for the first time in doubles, beat Alexandria Curry and Katalina Pineda 8-0, and Clark blanked Curry 8-0 in singles. Ancar clinched the dual with a 7-6 (7-2), 6-1 victory against Ksenia Slavina.

The Gold Nuggets' doubles teams won 24-of-25 games. Ancar and Kranendonk — who moved into the national doubles rankings Wednesday at No. 12 — beat Victoria Slavina and Ksenia Slavina 8-0. Goreau defeated Cassandra Lemieux 6-0, 6-0 at the top singles flight.

Next for XULA will be a 1 p.m. Wednesday men's dual against Ouachita Baptist at XULA Tennis Center. OBU is ranked 37th in NCAA Division II. Next for the Gold Nuggets will be an April 1 visit to NAIA No. 12 LSU-Alexandria.

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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