Gold Nuggets sweep doubles, topple NAIA No. 4 Brenau

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MOBILE, Ala. — Lacee Ancar and Charlene Goreau were double winners Monday, and freshman Yi Chen Pao earned her first collegiate victory in Xavier University of Louisiana’s 6-3 women’s tennis decision over NAIA No. 4 Brenau.

The Gold Nuggets (4-5), ranked 19th, earned their second victory against a top-10 opponent — their most in a season since 2014. They have three victories this season against top-25 teams. Brenau is 3-9.

XULA swept the doubles. Dasia Harris and Sha’Nel Bruins were first to finish, winning the first five games of an 8-1 decision over Kirsten Dickins and Elizabeth Bielicki on the third court. Charlene Goreau and Brandi Nelson defeated Patricia Recalde and Paula Rives 8-4 at No. 2 to notch their team-leading fourth doubles victory of 2017, and Ancar and Emma Kranendonk made it 3-0 with an 8-3 victory against Maya Mammetgulyyeva and Rebecca Pijls, the ITA’s 22nd-ranked NAIA doubles team.

Ancar beat Dickins 6-1, 6-3 at No. 4 — Ancar’s fourth singles victory in her last five matches — then Pao clinched on the sixth court with a 6-0, 6-0 triumph against Bielicki. Goreau scored the final XULA point with a 6-4, 6-0 victory against Mammetgulyyeva at No. 1 — Goreau’s third singles victory in her last four matches.

“We got off to a really good start in doubles, and it carried over into the singles,” XULA coach Alan Green said. “Brenau is better than they showed today, and I know it will be much tougher if we meet them again down the road.”

Both XULA teams will play William Carey at 3 p.m. Friday at XULA Tennis Center. The Gold Rush are ranked No. 2 nationally, and William Carey is ranked seventh (men) and 12th (women). New coaches polls will be announced Tuesday afternoon.

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Ed Cassiere

Ed Cassiere

Sports Information Director, Xavier University of Louisiana

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