Friday, May 4, 2012

Xavier Tennis teams advance to NAIA Nationals


Xavier University of Louisiana's Amber Brown defeated Martin Methodist's Maria Charrys 6-3, 6-1 Saturday to clinch a 5-2 dual match victory for the Gold Nuggets in the championship of an NAIA unaffiliated group women's tennis tournament at Racquet Club of the South.
Brown is a sophomore from Decatur. She was home-schooled before attending Xavier.
Xavier entered the tournament 4-21 but won all three of its duals to earn an automatic bid to the NAIA National Championship on May 15-19 at Mobile, Ala. Brown won all three of her No. 3 singles matches and dropped a collective five games. Her three-set loss to Charrys clinched Martin Methodist's 5-4 victory March 9.
"I just wanted to go out there and get revenge for last time," Brown said. "I told myself that I wasn't going to lose to her. I knew that I needed to win for my team to get to nationals."
Martin Methodist is ranked 17th and was the defending champion of this event.
Xavier's eighth-ranked men defeated 16th-ranked Cumberland 5-0 to win the championship for the second consecutive year. The Gold Rush (17-7) took a 2-0 lead when seniors Steffen Giles-Osborn and Sean Richarson defeated Devin Crotzer and Na'im Azhar 8-6 at No. 2 doubles. Giles-Osborn (Atlanta resident, Westlake High School graduate) is 15-0 and Richardson (Ellenwood resident, Stockbridge High) is 12-0 in four seasons of conference/group tournaments.
Xavier's men qualified for the national tournament for the fourth consecutive year, and the women qualified for the sixth time in eight seasons.

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