Lady Jaguars defeat Gold Nuggets to even series

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BATON ROUGE — Xavier University of Louisiana got victories from the doubles team of Lyndsey Clark and Yi Chen Pao and Charlene Goreau in singles Wednesday in a 6-1 women’s tennis loss to Southern University.

The Lady Jaguars (10-8) extended their win streak to five and evened their all-time series with the Gold Nuggets (6-8) at three victories apiece. Southern beat XULA for the second consecutive year.

Clark and Pao, both freshmen, cruised past Mia Kent and D’Jeri Raymond 6-1 on the third doubles court. But Southern picked up the doubles point by winning the other two courts, including Darnesha Moore and Rufaro Chirewa’s 7-5 decision over Goreau and Brandi Nelson. Moore and Chirewa rallied from a 5-2 deficit and snapped Goreau and Nelson’s 5-match win streak.

Southern clinched the dual and took a 4-0 lead when Moore defeated Emma Kranendonk 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2 singles, but the teams completed the final three matches. Goreau beat Stephanie Mbaya 6-3, 6-3 on the first court. Pao and Sha’Nel Bruins split sets in their matches, with Bruins losing in a super-tiebreaker, and Pao losing in a tiebreaker.

For XULA, ranked ninth in the NAIA, it was the second of four consecutive duals in nine days against NCAA Division I opponents. The Gold Nuggets, who beat Grambling this past weekend, will visit Jackson State at noon Saturday and 48th-ranked Tulane at 3 p.m. Sunday at City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center. The second-ranked XULA men also will visit Jackson State Saturday.

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Ed Cassiere

Ed Cassiere

Sports Information Director, Xavier University of Louisiana

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