NEW ORLEANS -- Xavier University of Louisiana extended its Gulf Coast Athletic Conference streaks Friday with men's and women's tennis victories against Spring Hill at the University of New Orleans Tennis Center.
The Gold Rush, ranked 13th in the NAIA, won 9-0 for its 37th consecutive GCAC regular-season victory, and the 16th-ranked Gold Nuggets won 7-2 for their 53rd consecutive GCAC regular-season victory. Both Xavier teams finished 8-0 in the conference and will be No. 1 seeds in the GCAC Tournament, which will begin next Friday at Mobile, Ala.
Xavier's men (14-6) won five matches without losing a game and clinched their regular-season finale when Mario Myles defeated Jason Price 6-0, 6-1 at No. 6 singles. Terry Richardson, Mike Green, Mikhail Vaval and Steffen Giles-Osborn all won in singles and doubles.
Spring Hill's men are 2-5 overall and 2-4 in the GCAC.
In the women's dual NAIA All-American Anastesia Opata did not lose a game in singles or doubles for Xavier (16-5), which has won three straight and eight of its past nine. Colleen McArthur clinched for the Nuggets when she beat Abbey Angelle 6-0, 6-3 at No. 4 singles.
Sophomore Lynne Fritscher of Spring Hill (3-3, 3-3) defeated Jihanna Mughnee 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8) at No. 5 singles and is 3-0 in singles against Xavier in two seasons.
Xavier has not lost a GCAC regular-season women's match since 2002, and the men have not lost since 2004.
The Gold Nuggets will close their regular season with a 1 p.m. Saturday dual against NCAA Division I opponent McNeese State at Tulane's Goldring Stadium. Spring Hill's teams will close their regular season Saturday with GCAC road matches against Tougaloo at 10 a.m. and Belhaven at 2 p.m.
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