Gold Nuggets beat Grambling, gain split in Alexandria

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ALEXANDRIA, La. — Charlene Goreau and Brandi Nelson won in doubles and singles Saturday to lead Xavier University of Louisiana to a 5-3 women’s tennis victory against Grambling and give the Gold Nuggets a split in two dual matches Saturday.

In the opener, LSU-Alexandria defeated XULA 5-4 in a matchup of ranked NAIA teams.

Against Grambling, Goreau and Nelson extended their win streak to five by defeating Phonephathep Philavong and Bryttish Burts 8-4 at No. 2 doubles. In singles, Goreau beat Tanyaradzwa Magunje 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1, and Nelson defeated Keren Happuch Muswere 7-6 (7-5), 6-3. Yi Chen Pao clinched the dual at No. 5 with a 6-3, 6-0 victory against Burts.

XULA’s other victory against Grambling was at No. 1 doubles, where Lacee Ancar and Emma Kranendonk beat Magunje and Danna Galeano 8-4.

Coach Alan Green earned his 34th victory in 14 seasons against NCAA Division I women’s opponents. His Gold Nuggets are 4-0 against Grambling.

Against LSUA, the Gold Nuggets led 2-1 after doubles — Goreau and Nelson won, as did Pao and Lyndsey Clark at No. 3 — but the Generals won four singles matches, twice in three sets. Laia Charles clinched for LSUA with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory against Nelson.

XULA is 6-7, Grambling is 3-13, and LSUA is 13-0. The Gold Nuggets are ranked ninth, and LSUA is 13th. The Gold Nuggets will visit Southern at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

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Ed Cassiere

Ed Cassiere

Sports Information Director, Xavier University of Louisiana

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