NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana dropped only two sets in 18 matches Sunday and rolled to 9-0 men’s and women’s tennis victories at home against city rival Loyola.
Every player on the active rosters earned at least one victory. Winning in doubles and singles were Catalin Fifea, Karan Salwan, Tushar Mandlekar and Pierre Andrieu of the Gold Rush (1-2) and Charlene Goreau, Emma Kranendonk, Brandi Nelson, Sha’Nel Bruins and Dasia Harris of the Gold Nuggets (1-0).
Also winning were Adam Albrecht and Oran Reznick in men’s singles, the men’s doubles team of Moses Michael and Antoine Richard, Lacee Ancar in women’s doubles and Lyndsey Clark in women’s singles.
Fifea clinched the men’s dual with a 6-3, 6-3 victory against Steven Le at No. 1 singles. Salwan, the NAIA’s third-rated singles player nationally, defeated Galileo Cabrales 6-0, 6-2.
Kranendonk clinched the women’s dual at No. 2 singles with a 6-1, 6-4 victory against Nadja Ochsner. Goreau, No. 30 nationally in singles, won 6-2, 6-0 against Koral Martinez. Ancar and Kranendonk, No. 10 in the South in NAIA doubles, won 8-4 against Martinez and Ochsner.
Nelson and Bruins both posted 6-0, 6-0 singles victories — Nelson against Mirando Cano and Bruins against Margaret Adams.
“It’s always good, no matter what, to get your first win,” 14th-year coach Alan Green said.
The XULA men extended their home win streak, which began in 2015, to 14. They were 7-0 at home last season.
Both Loyola teams are 1-1.
Next for XULA will be an 11 a.m. Saturday women’s dual at South Alabama. The next Gold Rush dual will start at 2 p.m. Feb. 14 at home against Nicholls State.