LAFAYETTE, La. — Xavier University of Louisiana opened the spring portion of its men’s tennis schedule with 7-0 and 4-0 losses Monday to Louisiana-Lafayette.
The Gold Rush won 1-of-14 matches played — Karan Salwan and Kevin Chaouat won 6-2 at No. 1 doubles in the afternoon session against Will Huyton and Arthur Libaud. Salwan was tied at 6 in the first set at No. 1 singles against Edgar Lopez when the Ragin’ Cajuns (2-1) clinched the second dual.
In the morning dual, Salwan and Chaouat lost singles matches in third-set super-tiebreakers. Libaud defeated Salwan 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (10-3), and Vlad Kramarov beat Chaouat 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (10-3).
“Our guys fought a tough opponent on the road,” 13th-year XU coach Alan Green said. “UL was just hungrier than we were. We will go back to work tomorrow and make some adjustments. But it’s great to get the spring season going despite today’s result.”
The duals were the first two of nine this spring for the Gold Rush against NCAA Division I opponents. Xavier, an NAIA national quarterfinalist each of the past four seasons, will aim for its 39th consecutive top-10 appearance next week in the first coaches poll of the year
The XU men will play their home opener at 10 a.m. Jan. 30 against city rival Loyola at XU Tennis Center. Xavier’s women will open their spring schedule at that time against the Wolf Pack.